This morning (July 26) I was thinking again about my present situation. I went to a dispensing optician yesterday to find the color lens I need for my prescription sunglasses. I had my eye exam and my prescription changed. That meant new glasses. They had no American made frame available. That was shocking to me.
I said to the Lord, “I resent the government that set up this biological warfare.” The moment the words were out of my mouth, I knew it was a hidden sin that the Lord just exposed. I wrote in my journal: what does this kind of resentment do?
In truth, I have no control over anything, and need to release it to the Lord Who does. I looked up the word resent which means to feel bitterness or indignation at a circumstance, action, or a person.
I picked up on the word ‘bitterness’ and knew my resentment was a hidden stressor that I did have control over. Resentment is a negative emotion. If left inside our hearts it can destroy our health and our sense of well being.
Resentment uses emotional energy about something that we have no control over. It circles the wagons in our thought processes. Hebrews 12:15 says that bitterness is an inward defilement that also affects those around us.
Resentful folks seek to control others through their negative criticism.
Resentment is seeded when we judge another through our negative lens. They didn’t measure up to our flesh-driven standard. Matthew 7:1-2 says, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
I believe that the Lord has used the worldwide pandemic to reveal the hidden in every heart. I say this from my own experience. The Holy Spirit has convicted me numerous times through thoughts that came into my conscious awareness.
He uses adversity to set us free from what binds us. Interpersonal relationships have had heated arguments, churches have been divided, and sides have been taken. We are created for unity.
The body of Christ is one body with many members. We each have a strategic function. 1 Corinthians 12:14 says, “For in fact the body is not one member, but many.” In verses 15-26 Paul wrote about how our physical body parts are necessary.
Verse 25 says, “That there be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.” Verse 27 says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”
Colossians 2:19 says, “…holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.” More on this tomorrow.