Lashing out: physically or verbally cutting someone. It’s something 2-yr-olds do naturally. How come WE still do?
3 A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride and his talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them. Pr 14:3
Lashing out is usually a reaction to an adverse situation. The problem is that it reveals several things about the one lashing out:
- He/she got caught with his guard down;
- There was an expectation that wasn’t met;
- There is still some self-centeredness going on.
When we are walking in the Spirit, we have His Presence washing over us, which means that we are being bathed in the light of His majesty and glory, we are being flooded with His love, joy, peace and hope, and we are being reminded of all He has said to us along with new instruction and direction.
When we are walking in the Spirit, we do NOT react by lashing out, but we respond in love and with grace. Here is an interesting verse:
7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?
– 1Co 6:7
Cannot God protect us from wrong-doing? If He doesn’t (thus granting the offender the right to choose wrongly), can He not replace DOUBLE what is taken from us? He certainly did in Job’s case (Job 42:10). What if He doesn’t this side of heaven? Are we okay with that?
The flip side to this coin is when we are protectors of others, in which case we must respectfully fight to protect those in our charge and those who cannot fight for themselves, especially our children.
8 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Pr 31:8-9
Staying connected to the Spirit is key to godly living. Let’s thank the LORD for the indwelling Holy Spirit!