It’s easy for someone to say to you, “Stop complaining”! Or “Why are you always in a state of discontent”? And Heaven forbid your sour disposition carries over into the way you perceive God working through your life.
Some people would label that a funky mood…
Well, sometimes, but not often, I find myself in a funky mood. And I hate myself for it. I’m too stubborn to break free, make that call and apologize. The circumstances are eating me up. My negative thoughts keep telling me it was not your fault. So why should you be the one who takes the blame and makes the first steps to right a wrong.
My prayers on the subject have become self-centered and I imagine displeasing to God. I’m whining and feeling alone. Since my angst is against a family member, and I am the elder, I feel disrespected and innocent. Which way should I turn? Where shall I go for solace?
I know what the Lord requires of me. He would want me to stop being dissatisfied with my present circumstances. I know He would rather I make peace with my situation and call on Him to provide the timing and consoling words to make amends.
So, here is what happened. I had a conversation with the Holy Spirit, and He reminded me of the request Jesus made to his disciples to remain in Jerusalem and to wait on the gift His father had promised them. Had they not waited, they would have missed receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit which was poured out on the assembly.
Since my talk with the Holy Spirit, my prayers have been strengthened and less self-centered. My cry is to the Lord on High is now this; Holy Father, I am sorry for my actions thus far and the way I have handled this situation between me and a close family member. I confess that I have been deliberately slow in making restitution and righting a wrong that has caused so much pain. I beseech thee, Lord, to give me the strength and tenacity to offer forgiveness and to extend an olive branch in this instance. Please go before me and prepare the way. In the precious Name of Jesus. Amen
Yes, sometimes it takes a village of saints to send up prayers on behalf of another brother or sister. So I am also asking your prayers on my behalf, in this situation. God is good all the time and I know he will answer us in his own time.
Scripture Lesson: On one occasion, while He was eating with them, He gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about.” Acts 1:4
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