By Aaron Jeffries / @arjeffries1
Have you ever had someone put words in your mouth? I did recently and, like a good Christian, I forgave him and moved on because false witnesses never hurt me anyway.
Ok, that last part didn’t happen. In fact, I got pretty upset by this guy. I became filled with anger, lashed out at the guy and said some pretty unnecessary things.
I am reminded of Paul who wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10: Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The truth of the matter is people are going to misrepresent you. Some do it by accident and strangely some do it out of personal gain. One thing we must realize that when we respond in the flesh, we are misrepresenting Christ. If you take anything to heart this week, take these words and bind them on your heart: We do have freedom in Christ, but we DO NOT have freedom to walk in the flesh.
Apostle Paul also had this to say about our walk: “I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:16)
Aaron Jeffries lives in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia. He is married to his beautiful wife Kristen, and has been blessed with two amazing little boys. Join him as he writes about life and our amazing Heavenly Father. He can be reached on Twitter at @arjeffries1.