Proverbs 17:27

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by: FCC Staff

11/18/2020

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Too often we get ourselves in trouble by simply saying the first thing that comes to mind in a situation. We can offer up a passionate response or a witty observation only to come to regret those words when they cause strife and division.

When we look to the example of Christ we see this restraint on display. True there were times where we can see that Jesus was pretty “fiery” but if you compare his life on earth to the truth of who he can be, in fact has every right to be, towards us, we can see how much restraint Jesus showed in his life. In Revelation chapter 19 we see Jesus revealed in this way,

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”

Compare that to Jesus being born in humble circumstances, placed in a manger, content to lead the 12 and a small band of additional disciples who came and went as the mood suited them, rode a donkey and not a charging horse of conquest, and was content to merely speak with those who opposed him, not strike down those who would dare to mock the Almighty God of the universe.

And why did Jesus choose this humble path, instead of just showing up and enforcing his will and his rights upon others? Because he had an understanding that mercy and peace were the will of the Father, that in gentleness, humility and sacrifice a great victory could be won. That in NOT demanding His rights in the moment he was claiming the right to save those who would love him for eternity.

We have all sorts of rights in our society but that does not mean it’s always wise to exercise them. Holding back your opinion until all the facts are known, staying calm when the latest outrage hits social media or the 24-hour news cycle, not giving full vent to our anger before we give someone the benefit of the doubt and the opportunity to seek forgiveness, these are all ways we can demonstrate wisdom and stay cool… Understanding that Jesus will always, be King, God’s will is always done, and we are secure in our salvation, allows us to see that it’s not the end of all things if something happens today we don’t particularly care for.

We have all sorts of rights in our society but that does not mean it’s always wise to exercise them. Holding back your opinion until all the facts are known, staying calm when the latest outrage hits social media or the 24-hour news cycle, not giving full vent to our anger before we give someone the benefit of the doubt and the opportunity to seek forgiveness, these are all ways we can demonstrate wisdom and stay cool… Understanding that Jesus will always, be King, God’s will is always done, and we are secure in our salvation, allows us to see that it’s not the end of all things if something happens today we don’t particularly care for.

So today, let’s “cool it” a little and show some restraint with our words. If we understand Who Jesus is, and can see that He mercifully shows restraint towards us every day, we can in turn do the same for others.

Prayer for Today
Father, enough me to stay calm and exercise restraint when things trigger me today. Jesus thank you for your mercy and your example of how I can be a servant to others by not demanding my way all the time. By your Holy Spirit show me how to have a peaceful spirit so I can express your love and mercy to others today. Amen.

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

Too often we get ourselves in trouble by simply saying the first thing that comes to mind in a situation. We can offer up a passionate response or a witty observation only to come to regret those words when they cause strife and division.

When we look to the example of Christ we see this restraint on display. True there were times where we can see that Jesus was pretty “fiery” but if you compare his life on earth to the truth of who he can be, in fact has every right to be, towards us, we can see how much restraint Jesus showed in his life. In Revelation chapter 19 we see Jesus revealed in this way,

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”

Compare that to Jesus being born in humble circumstances, placed in a manger, content to lead the 12 and a small band of additional disciples who came and went as the mood suited them, rode a donkey and not a charging horse of conquest, and was content to merely speak with those who opposed him, not strike down those who would dare to mock the Almighty God of the universe.

And why did Jesus choose this humble path, instead of just showing up and enforcing his will and his rights upon others? Because he had an understanding that mercy and peace were the will of the Father, that in gentleness, humility and sacrifice a great victory could be won. That in NOT demanding His rights in the moment he was claiming the right to save those who would love him for eternity.

We have all sorts of rights in our society but that does not mean it’s always wise to exercise them. Holding back your opinion until all the facts are known, staying calm when the latest outrage hits social media or the 24-hour news cycle, not giving full vent to our anger before we give someone the benefit of the doubt and the opportunity to seek forgiveness, these are all ways we can demonstrate wisdom and stay cool… Understanding that Jesus will always, be King, God’s will is always done, and we are secure in our salvation, allows us to see that it’s not the end of all things if something happens today we don’t particularly care for.

We have all sorts of rights in our society but that does not mean it’s always wise to exercise them. Holding back your opinion until all the facts are known, staying calm when the latest outrage hits social media or the 24-hour news cycle, not giving full vent to our anger before we give someone the benefit of the doubt and the opportunity to seek forgiveness, these are all ways we can demonstrate wisdom and stay cool… Understanding that Jesus will always, be King, God’s will is always done, and we are secure in our salvation, allows us to see that it’s not the end of all things if something happens today we don’t particularly care for.

So today, let’s “cool it” a little and show some restraint with our words. If we understand Who Jesus is, and can see that He mercifully shows restraint towards us every day, we can in turn do the same for others.

Prayer for Today
Father, enough me to stay calm and exercise restraint when things trigger me today. Jesus thank you for your mercy and your example of how I can be a servant to others by not demanding my way all the time. By your Holy Spirit show me how to have a peaceful spirit so I can express your love and mercy to others today. Amen.

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

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