Hidden Heroes (Part 3 & 4)

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Hidden Heroes (Part 3&4)

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:31-32‬
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

When many people think abut heroes that think about people that fly, run or do things with super human abilities. However, there are everyday people that perfect miraculous acts with a cape or cool uniform. They are hidden heroes.

Honest People & Compassionate People 

Yesterday at 9am a lady hit my car as a result of poor road conditions. I was at home on the couch sleeping with my car sitting on my sleepy side road. The neighbor called my brother in law who in turn called my wife, who then called me to alert me. When I opened the door and looked outside I noticed her truck in my driveway and my car with rear end damage. Most people would be very angry and upset; and they would be right because I was initially. Then the Holy Spirit brought my mind to the verse Of The Day that I had posted earlier! 

There were 3 miracles here:

1. She actually stayed there and sought out my car to inform me that the accident occurred and that she was at fault. 

2. She admitted that she was wrong and that she would pay for the damages and that she was so sorry. 

3. She allowed me to share the gospel with her! The reason why is because she had just buried her mother The Day before. 

Sometimes God will use the property that he gave to you, to be damaged, so that you will have the opportunity show his kindness, compassion and love. 

Before she left, I gave her a friendly hug and prayed with her that she makes it home safely, knows that it’s just a car and that God loves her. I said, “Bad things happen to us because we live in a crazy world, but we have a great God.” We were all okay and that was my miracle today! Pray for this lady and let’s hope that she makes it to church. To God be the glory!!!

A few things that I would like to share in this situation that struck me as heroic:

  1. There are still honest people in this world. Many people these days are so set on taking care of number one that they will do whatever it takes to ensure their survival. The fact that this lady made it a priority to display honesty when most people would have displayed a lack of integrity not only shows her courage but her honor. 
  2. The compassion shown in this situation was above par! Look, when most people encounter this situation, where their car was struck by another person’s car, it creates emotions of anxiety, frustration and sometimes anger. These are often difficult to manage because you want to be a good steward of what God has entrusted to you. 

The compassion of this person, that received the damages, to the other person, that caused the damages, is what we would all want to display but sometimes in personal situations we will forget that we are to show God’s compassion and love. In our text did you notice what was quoted? 

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Let’s define these words:

Bitterness – having a harsh, disagreeably taste, characterized by intense antagonism or hostility. (An emotion that is best described as hatred due to a painful situation)

Wrath – strong, stern, or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation; vengeance or punishment as the consequence of anger. (A desire to see punishment upon another as a result of the aforementioned emotion.)

Anger – a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong. (An emotion that is best described by displeasure for something done to you by another.)

Clamour – a vehement expression of desire or dissatisfaction; any loud and continued noise: (This action can be best described as “making a loud scene” when things don’t go your way or when you have been wronged.” Aka Throwing a fit.

Evil Speaking – This is essentially talking or speaking about another person in a negative that does not profit or offers corrective counseling. For example: “Can you believe what she did? I bet she was high or drunk because no one would have done this if they were sober!”

Malice – desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either becauseof a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness. (This is simply thinking or saying “I’m going to get you back because you did something to me!”)

Once a person experiences a stressful situation that harms them and their family or loved ones this will experience this roller coaster of emotion. They will get angry at the situation and immediately begin to clamour as a result of their displeasure. They will often put on a fake kind face all the while Evil Speaking about the person that they just cussed out inwardly or outwardly. They will  begin to become bitter about how they were inconvenienced and experience a buildup of wrath. Then they may clamor more about the situation but desire to see the person malice as a result of their loss. These negative emotions can and will lead a person to inappropriate behavior against another. On the flip side, we have the other portion of the verse with it’s Christ honoring words. 

Kind – of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person; indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (Displaying goodness to another no matter how or what they display to you.)

Tenderhearted – soft-hearted; sympathetic. (Putting yourself in the other person’s shoes and treating them how you would want to be treated if you were in the same situation.)

Forgiving – tolerant: disposed to forgive; indicating forgiveness. (Your first though or tendency is to forgive another for their wrongs and choose not to remember or bring them back up again.)

God seeks us to have a kind and compassionate relationship each other without the negativity that is indicated in the aforementioned verses. Why do we show these negative emotions? In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk about our last hero and how we can overcome these negative emotions by simply giving ear to this last hero. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.

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