This is from my personal journal, “Lessons From a Broken Heart.”
“The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.” Proverbs 12:16
When I pray to be like Christ, I have to be willing to sacrifice my opinion and passions to Him, too. Do I shoot first and ask questions later? Even today, I must be aware of what flies out of my mouth. Have I surrendered my thoughts, my mind, my opinions to God, through the inner working of the Holy Spirit?
I have asked to be like Christ. When the Holy Spirit begins to work in my heart about minding my manners, minding my opinions, minding my tongue, do I have the courage, will and discipline to submit to the Lord’s will, or do I still shoot off my mouth.
God intends that, if I belong to Him because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, I will be remade in the likeness of Jesus. When I submit to the will and leading of God, the Holy Spirit, I am telling Him that I no longer am lord over my mouth, that I want wisdom. I can learn by the gentle guidance of the Spirit of God, or I can learn through the foolishness of my uncontrolled passions. My over-quick desire to give the world my own opinion, instead of keeping silent, and waiting for the Spirit of God to give me wise words can be the same lesson. One method is followed by people who are ready to learn wisdom. The other method, the Spirit of God will use to teach a fool who wants to stop being one.
Everything I do reflects on my relationship to Jesus Christ. Have I asked to be like Jesus, but refuse to surrender to His will? Then I am indeed a fool.
I have a lot to learn.
I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior AND Lord, that you continue to teach me wisdom in a way that I don’t have to relearn a thing the hard way. My heart’s desire is to be just like Your Son, Jesus Christ.
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