Monday, July 25, 2011

Heart to Heart: Respond Rather Than React

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Philippians 1:27

Notice this verse doesn't say when good things happen, but in whatever happens. In other words, no matter what comes about in our lives we need to remember that we are representing Christ and therefor are held to a different set of standards. It's like that old saying "actions speak louder than words." The way we conduct ourselves speaks more about our hearts than the words that come out of our mouths. Scripture also says; As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.    —Proverbs 27:19 When the world looks at us, we should desire for them to see Christ shining through.

So even if we don't "get our way", we should still act like Christ would want us too. Even when the whole world seems to be against us, we will still act like a Christian. Even if our family and friends let us down, we will conduct ourselves in a way that is appropriate for a believer. That's hard! It's so much easier to react emotionally when faced with challenges, but Christ wants us to respond with the same love and grace that He has shown us. When Christ was ridiculed, He looked the other way. When He was faced with animosity, He responded with control and compassion. When He was hanging on the cross, He prayed for those who were crucifying Him. We should strive to mirror Christ's conduct. 

Are you conducting yourself in a manner that is worthy of the gospel of Christ? Does your life positively reflect your heart?
Today, watch the way you act. Make a mindful effort to respond like Christ rather than react like the world.
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me enough to show me where I need to improve. Thank you for giving me the Bible to help guide me. Please help me to act in a way that would bring honor to you. Keep me from reacting emotionally, and help me to respond as Christ would in every aspect of my life. In Your holy name, Amen.

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