I have thought about this post for the past couple of days. I have tried to avoid this post for the past couple of days. But God continues to lay it on my heart. Just when I thought I had stopped up the dam of my heart, He has gently come along and taken the cork out.
I am a screw-up. I am so stubborn. I am so involved with myself that I can't seem to get "it."
What is it? Love. Grace. Mercy.
For years now, I've fought IT. I thought I've had IT. I've thought that I was displaying IT.
I. Was. Wrong. I was so wrong.
I thought that I've always been in the right. I've fought so hard to prove it, that I denied the still small voice it's freedom to prove otherwise.
It all started the other night. I was chatting with a friend down in Alabama. I was discussing with him about a comment someone had made on a status about someone they didn't even know. I was explaining to him that the comment was made with righteous indignation and none of the above. Then the message flowed.
I told him that so many people have passion. Lots of it! They believe in things so strongly and are willing to fight for them, to stand up for them. Passion isn't all bad. It has some good qualities. But I believe the end result is not so good.
I believe that passion by itself when uncontrolled can turn into righteous indignation. Out of this births self-righteousness. Out of this births pride. Out of this births anger. Out of this births bitterness. Sin.
Then we discussed that if we find someone we disagree with or who is in sin, that in our passion we tend to not produce fruit, but hurt. But with COM-passion, I wrote, things are often accepted. They are often respected, too.
I was being "cute" and thought I'd come up with something for the COM, but I didn't do so well. Then, that same night as I was laying my head on the pillow God whispered this to me.
C. O. M. - Christ Over Me
No, this isn't from some great Rick Warren book and it won't be a part of the next amazing Erwin McManus book. But it's simple. Simple enough for me to realize I'm not very good at it.
So here's to taking a new pathway, one that leads people to Jesus Christ. The Only One that can take all their sin away. Here's to putting others before me and praying the hurt I've caused will be healed some day. Here's to taking my passion and allowing Christ to reign Over Me.
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!