I would like to say I have always been this sweet, innocent, timid, well behaved girl and women. But unfortunately anyone that has known me the majority of my life would probably bend over laughing when thinking of me or anyone else in my family in this way. Harmonious? Well if you call getting into fights over monopoly, pour a glass of milk over my brother head when he said something I disliked or slamming my brothers head in the door harmonious then sure. I was a challenging child at times. And well the rest of the family, I fought way less then them so I seemed to be mild in comparison. Yet as I have grown as a Christian the Lord is always showing me how this is not the way of Christ.
When reading the Bible about living a life where we live in peace, harmony and put the needs of others before ourselves this message hits home. For this is not the environment I have experienced at really anytime in my life. It is not the environment I have experienced in the work place, home, or social circles. Similarly it is not the environment I have experienced in the churches I have been a part of at different stages of my life. Yet this is how we are called to live. A life where we do not beat up on one another rather submit to one another in reverence to Christ. That we love and respect others.
When someone throws a blow at you, physical, verbal or emotional it changes the environment. The environment is no longer harmonious. It has changed to abusive and we will instinctively as humans fight back, shut down or run away but Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. Matthew 5:38-40
Oh this is so incredibly challenging. But by living the way that Jesus teaches us to live we stop the cycle of abuse. The only way to creat harmony is for someone to creat it by doing what Jesus instructs us to do, do not resist, rather hand it over.
I have lived much of my life fighting back. It just wears you out. But when we make the decision to bless another and hand over something in order to live in harmony it changes everything. Instead of having a blood bath we actually reflect Christ to others to produce peace, joy and hope. Who would not rather have peace then destruction?
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6
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