I loved chemistry back in secondary school. it was one of my favourite subjects, I loved how two different reagents/molecules could come together to form an entirely new product.
We were taught alot about chemical reactions, the most basic of which was the union of oxygen and hydrogen to birth water. Well, I want us to talk about reactions today😊, I want us to talk about our reactions to day to day events.
The past week has been exciting for me, with alot of activities and interactions. I’ve bonded more with some colleagues, played alot, laughed alot and generally had fun. I’ve also had time to ponder on the beauty of human relationships and sometimes, its sting because in the midst of the fun and laughter there were times when tempers flared and some got burnt.
I had my own share of vexation and I watched a number calm and and sweet people lose their top, but when all was said and done, I had to sit back and ask a few questions. Was it worth it? was my reaction in keeping with my identity (as a child of God)? Did i just cause people to question my paternity (In Christ)? Does being a Christian mean I don’ t get to feel angry? Does it mean I can’t show my anger? Does it mean I should just turn the other cheek when offended? Does it mean I can’t aggressively stand for my right? In summary; does being Christian mean i should act a fool?
As usual I don’t have all the answers, but let me share with you some of my conclusions, from pondering and searching the word. 😊
The bible says
In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, Ephesians 4:26
So I might feel angry but i shouldn’t express it in a way that offends God.
Brother James had this to say….
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20
Hmm, So I must not be too quick to jump into conclusions and flare up, because when I’m angry it doesn’t bring out the righteousness of God in me. Take a cue from brother Moses in scripture, he got angry and in his anger displeased God causing some bad consequences for him.
It gets more interesting. In the words of Jesus…..
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Luke 6:27-29
Now, while many say we shouldn’t literally turn the other cheek, I hope you get the point here.
Someone would say, but Jesus got angry too didn’t he? Yes he did, and one of his reactions stands out in scripture, when he physically expressed his anger (John 2:15-17), but you know what I noticed? every record Of Jesus getting upset wasn’t about him, it wasn’t because he felt cheated or insulted or taken for granted, it was always because of something bigger, he only got angry over matters of heavenly importance, need I say more?
Alot of people today (Christians inclusive) would agree that most Christians are too passive, we don’t fight and we aren’t agressive, but I’d say they’ve missed the point. We live for peace. We war, but our battles are rarely physical, we are aggressive in the places that matter (on our knees) and when the Holy spirit leads us to get physical, we also know how to take it to the streets….😊😊
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18
Dear Christian, the world would laugh you to scorn because truly you would look like a fool when you obey God’s word and choose to stand still instead of flexing muscle, when you choose to keep shut instead of spitting fire, don’t be moved. Times would come when you would question your own actions; should I have reacted? should i have given them a piece of my mind? Don’t be dismayed because when you see the big picture, many times those battles weren’t worth it.
Remember, before you ever take it physical (in words or actions) ask the Holy spirit, if it’s worth it, most times, it’s not. Its not always easy, to pause and ask, but it’s possible. Let’s trust God to guide our reactions, we would be better for it.
P.S: Please comment….you might have more insight on this than I do. Thanks.