Act Accordingly

May 6, 2009
by Kaye Lockwood

How many times do we get angry with the ones we love?

My family, my friends, and my circle of relations sometimes do or forget to do things that upset me, and I feel angry. I feel that I should confront them and let them know how angry they have made me feel.

Then I recall reading:

Ezekiel 20:44 – You will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name's sake and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, O house of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord. (NIV)

Ezekiel 20:44 – But, dear Israel, you'll also realize that I am God when I respond to you out of who I am, not by what I feel about the evil lives you've lived, the corrupt history you've compiled. Decree of God, the Master. (MSG)

God tells us that He deals with His people according to Who He is and not according to how He feels about what they are doing.

It strikes me that perhaps this is a very good principle for me to observe when dealing with others in my life. My reactions and feelings can be very strong and even overpowering at times. But God reminds me through His Word that I am His child and I am to act accordingly.

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for loving us. Help us to act accordingly with love to our families and friends. May they know that we are Your children. Amen.

About the author:

Kaye Lockwood <rosswitmer@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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