Robin Gudal: Always be motivated by love
EN(dur)ANCE by Robin Gudal
Have you ever been angry? I have been.
Ephesians 4:26 commands us, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” (King James Version)
Many of us who have been married have heard this. In recent years’ popularity with the sayings on placards, the modern version is “Always kiss me goodnight.”
I have done the angry thing right as the above verse and I have done it wrong.
In reference to these past days, I think this verse should be studied, read, prayed over and implemented in all our hearts.
The movie “Thirteen Reasons” (very raw, often disturbing, however a thought and discussion provoking series on Netflix) displays a picture of this verse being done wrong. To be driven by emotion and passion that is not tempered by reason, love and peacefulness. Destruction, pain, sorrow, more injustices, hatred and death then becomes the reality. A devastating mess.
It’s easy to hate. It’s easy to fear. It’s hard to love. But it’s not optional. It’s essential.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 NIV: “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools, NLT, Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.”
James 1:19, 20 NIV: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
When I think upon days of past and of recent regarding injustices (across our existence as humans) I become very emotional. We have often not done it right.
“So, let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NLT)
“Divine wisdom comes from those who grab the problem with their hands, lift it up to the Lord and ask, ‘What shall we do with this?’” — Carrie Lloyd, “The Noble Renaissance”
“Let me hold the door for you.
I may have never walked in your shoes, but I see your soles are worn,
Your strength is torn under the weight of a story, I have never lived before.
Let me hold the door for you.
After all you’ve walked through, it’s the least I can do.”
— Morgan Harper Nichols, “Empathy”
“There is a purpose in every season, and no matter how you want to race through this day or run away from this place, rest assured that you are invited to live fully — right here, right now. Light will always find you, and even when the sun sets and you sit awaiting the dawn, know you are still blooming in the way you were meant to.
“Each small moment, whether in the light or the dark, you can make room for becoming, for breathing, for stumbling, and for simply being —for there is Grace, today and every day.
“Care enough to come alongside others.”
— Pastor Jeff Phelps, Crossroads Church
Please be motivated by love in words, actions and reactions!
Robin (Beckman) Gudal, intentional in life, is a wife, momma, nana, friend, and a flawed and imperfect follower of Jesus.