Here's a brief blog to ask you a question. What are the things in life that you find yourself fighting for or about or over?
Examples: - Political views
- Skin color
- Family and friends
- Sexual orientation
- Religious or Spiritual viewpoints
- World views
I'm convinced there's plenty more examples to list out, and I'd be interested in what you might say are examples for you. I say this often because I believe it's truth, the world is really heavy right now. Before you read on, would you agree with that statement? I'm also an optimist so I myself like to stay positive and think about the good.
What I'd like to give you is a short acrostic from a sermon about how to fight right. However we slice it, there will be times of trouble in this life. But if we know how to fight right with people, based on scripture, maybe just maybe our world would be a little bit lighter. Here's the acrostic: F - Forgive "them" before you even think or start, react or respond. Forgive.
I - Ideas. There are always ideas about how to problem solve. Brainstorm!
G - Grace is the answer. Keep in mind that the same grace God offered you is the grace He wants us to give others.
H - Humbly pray for and with each other. Wouldn't that be a great concept!? :)
T - Trust God and His will. The outcome is up to Jesus, trust that.
Two last things:
1. If you'd like some scriptures of encouragement, I'll list some below.
2. If you'd like to see the sermon on this,
1 Timothy 6:11-12 - "Man of God, pursue righteousness, holiness, godliness. Fight the good fight of faith."
Proverbs 18:24-"There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”
Ephesians 4:26-”And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,”
Proverbs 17:9-”Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”
Proverbs 18:1-2-”Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense. Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.”