Recently I was bemoaning to a sweet friend over an incident in which someone had gotten on my last nerve. I am blessed to have a great group of Godly women friends who are willing to share their wisdom. As I let loose on a tirade about some minute incident, that seemed to be earth shattering at the moment, I had a pearl of wisdom dropped on me which has completely changed my reaction to those little aggravating moments in any relationship. My friend very softly told me she had found the best way to handle these conflicts was to pray. OH, YES, always the answer for us Believers! Pray for God to change them--pray they open their eyes to how they are acting--pray for that poor misguided soul. THEN she told me, I always pray, "It's me, it's me, Oh, Lord, standing in the need of prayer." O U C H She stepped on my toes!
The truth of the matter is we have no ability to change another person. What we do have the ability to change is our attitude toward that person. I don't know about you, but I lack that ability without God's help. My attitude is usually, they need to change, for after all in my perfection, I could not possibly be in the wrong. The fact is who is in the wrong is beside the point. The point is the issue would be solved if MY attitude changed. If I would only look at others through the eyes of Jesus, there would be no problem. He loves us all--in spite of who we are and how we act.
This little moment in life happened several weeks ago, it has profoundly changed me. Thanking God for using others to grow me and woe me closer and closer to Him. " It's me---it's me, Oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer."
Put on your new nature, and be renewed
as you learn to know your Creator and become like him