The filter of our feelings is the most difficult filter through which to see. We MUST learn to remove it in order to see clearly.
16:24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
However we are feeling shows up in our words and our actions. It can also show up in our expressions. In our words and actions, we aim to express Christ in every way. In our expressions, we aim to display Christ and His compassion for all. We might say, “But, Christ got angry.” Yes, He did. His anger was over the resistance of the religious leaders to love the Father and teach the people. What is our anger over? Not getting our way? Being offended? If we remember, Christ didn’t get His way–they killed Him! As for being offended,
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice [righteousness] through to victory.
Part of the fruit of the Spirit is gentleness. I’ve worked, at the Lord’s insistence, long and hard on this one, and I still have a long way to go before it is my first response. Even so, I know I am pleasing to the Lord when I strive for it, and apologize when I am not. A lot of how we feel has to do with our expectations. Those we will deal with tomorrow. Today, let’s work really hard to show Christ on our faces, speak words of encouragement and grace, and act in a Christlike manner.
Abba, You know my goals for each day. Getting with You each morning before my day begins is how I prepare for all the opportunities I will be having to practice my goals. I want to be like You and express You in my face, my words and my actions. Transform me, Lord. PLEASE! Amen.