Do you ever struggle with keeping your mind on higher things? I know I do! Here is a great reminder.
Spurgeon's response to the quarrel between two women in Philipi (Euodia and Syntyche), "I am glad that we do not know what the quarrel was about; I am usually thankful for ignorance on such subjects; - but as a cure for disagreements, the apostle says, 'Rejoice in the Lord always.' People who are very happy, especially those who are very happy in the Lord, are not apt either to give offense or to take offense. Their minds are so sweetly occupied with higher things, that they are not easily distracted by the little troubles which naturally arise among such imperfect creatures as we are. Joy in the Lord is the cure for all discord." (Spurgeon)
I love how he notes that those who avoid quarrels are because their minds are on higher things.
Praying for a mind focused on higher things. I have learned over and over that when I am offended that I am the one who walked out of love. Choosing to love provides so much peace and gives room for all to grow.
My prayer word this year is rejoice. It has almost been ironic at the moments God has reminded me to choose joy and to rejoice.
Question for the week... Am I giving offense or taking offense and if so how can I edify God, the other or self in this situation and seek higher ground?
A good reminder from November 27, 2016.