Frustration and Forgiveness
Philippians 4: 2-7
I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Lord, I’m not sure how to say this, I’m just feeling cross, I know I shouldn’t be, but I am.
The work frustrates me, wouldn’t it be so much easier if it weren’t for these people I’m in amongst! Mmm, I see that that is not a very nice thing to say Lord, but it is how I am feeling just now.
You are right, I am such a grumbler. Please forgive me Lord, you never grumbled, how did you manage that? Please can you teach me how to be like you. Surely those disciples drove you crazy….. surely I drive you crazy, but you love me still. Is that it Lord, is it as simple as that, love? It might be simple to say but its hard to live, I use to think Love sounded so romantic, I’m learning that its messy and its tough.
Will you help me find that moment in the day to express love, help me find the moment for a word or a gesture.
Lord, forgive me, and help me to forgive.
Amazing Lord, I’m now not feeling cross.
Thank you, In Jesus name.
written by Brent Haywood