Monday, March 23, 2009

Some musings for this morning

"Always be humble, gentle, and patient, accepting each other in love. You are joined together with peace through the Spirit, so make every effort to continue together in this way." Ephesians 4:2-3 (NCV)

Ironically, this Scripture came to my attention at the same time that I was watching a TV show about setting healthy boundaries to keep you safe from toxic people. I should say here that the people on the show had some good ideas (and good Scripture to back up what they were saying about fear and gossip). But it was kind of ironic that the Scripture placed in front of me by my computer was actually about getting along in peace through the Spirit.

The reason this verse really struck me this morning is because there has been some strife in a certain quarter of our lives (mine and my husband's, that is, and from external sources). And maybe, just maybe, we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. And that light really is NOT a train but truly is some kind of peace. We continue to pray.

And the other reason that verse struck me is because of how it ties into my recent ah ha! moment about forgiveness, about deferring justice to God. That, I think, is part of the key of getting along in the Spirit.

Just my 2 cents for today.

1 comment:

Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

There is so much to think about in this and your "Forgiveness" post and the ways they tie together.

When people have tried to hammer the concept of boundaries through my thick head, they've explained that it's about what a person DOES, not who he or she IS. We can love people as God's beloved children, and yet dislike something they do, and must avoid the harmful things that their wrongdoings can hurt us with. It's rejecting their behaviors, not their essential humanity.

Yet there is at least one i have felt so wronged by, i've never really forgiven her, and it's a load on me. Not on her, i doubt if she cares, but on me.

Just random thoughts, still pondering! Hope peace is coming soon for yall.