In Galatians chapter five, verses 24 through 26, Paul writes, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.”
I really needed to read these lines tonight. I have been struggling with work situations like so many of us do, and in because I have been sick for over a week now I am not feeling as tough as usual when it comes to dealing with these things.
It helped me so much tonight just to read the phrase in the last verse where Paul admonishes us not to provoke each other. I felt like someone was trying to provoke me tonight, and I was already irritated about an ongoing work situation which need to be resolved but hasn’t yet been; I’ve been transferred out of one department but one of the supervisors keeps assigning me work in my old department despite knowing I don’t do that job anymore.
So I was dealing with that, and then this other thing happened. I know it sounds like I am in self tonight, and I am probably a bit more vulnerable to that since I’m still symptomatic and my medicine is making me feel spaced out. I grilled the doctor about which of my medications might be causing this feeling and he said it was the steroid prednisone and possibly also my albuterol inhaler.
Usually I am the one confessing that I have transgressed in this or that way but tonight I was on the receiving end and reading this verse felt so good to me for some reason; even though I can’t control the behavior of the other person it was good for me to read the writing of Paul and know that it isn’t okay to provoke someone.
I got a lot of comfort and peace just from reading that one phrase. Paul’s writing is always incredibly soothing to me and it is amazing to me that I was able to feel so calmed just by reading this one paragraph; it goes to show that no matter how irritated, distracted, or ‘spaced out’ I may feel, God and Christ can always calm me and bring peace into my heart through their teachings in the Bible.
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