Most of us have different kinds of friends. Those we’ve known our entire life and others we’ve just recently met. Some friends we only knew as a child. Others we’ve known for our adult life. Some friends were only around for a particular season in our life. Some friends know our deepest secrets and others only know about part of us. Like how we are at work, church, school, or when around our family.
I think friends are a great blessing given to us by God. Sometimes God places people in our life because we have something they need. Other times it’s because we need something from them. Sometimes this turns into long lasting relationships. Some friends you see or talk with often. Other friends you may think of often, but only communicate with them once or twice a year. The great thing about friends is once they are your friend they will always have a special place in your heart.
Being a friend can be hard! It’s easy to love them when they’re being kind to you, but what about when they say or do something that hurts your feelings or the feelings of someone you love? It usually makes me angry and I want to make them feel the hurt and disappointment they made me feel. God says we are not to be easily angered or delight in evil.
It’s normal to have the feelings of anger and disappointment when we’re hurt. It’s what we do with our feelings that matter. So how do you change your negative feelings to a positive or neutral reaction? When I find myself getting angry or upset I try my best to pause and call out to God. I believe when I do that the Holy Spirit steps in and guides me through the situation. The Holy Spirit enables me to be patient, loving, hopeful and persevere regardless of the circumstances.
A few years ago I was confronted by a lady in front of my children’s school just as classes started. She was very upset with the way I had handled a situation. She felt I had stepped in on her territory and wasn’t happy about it. She was talking loudly, waving her hands about and not saying very nice things. My first reaction was to yell back and tell her how stupid I thought she was being. Instead of acting on that I said a quick prayer in my head asking God to help me stay calm, and response in a loving manner only speaking truth. By the end of the conversation, about 15 minutes later, we were both smiling, hugging and even made a lunch date for later that week. I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful for being able to call upon the Holy Spirit to help us through those moments.
How has the Holy Spirit enabled you to be loving and kind in a difficult situation?
My prayer for us today ~ Lord, thank you for the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. I pray we each take the opportunity to call upon the Holy Spirit when faced with difficult situations, Amen