What is the will of God?
Sometimes, God’s will is to stop doing what you already know is NOT His will!
1 Peter 3:9-11 “Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.”
Just as you don’t only separate yourself from sin, but you also must consecrate yourself to God, it’s important to not only do the things God does want you to do but also to NOT do the things God doesn’t want you to do.
If you know what you’re doing (or saying) isn’t working, pause and find out if you need to do something different. Maybe you should just stop. Stop doing what you’re doing. Stop talking. Stop pushing your will, your way. If I try to force MY way and MY opinion on someone, it probably won’t be received, but if I don’t hold onto my will or my way, but do God’s will His way, then He (and the other person) is responsible for the consequences.
Of course, He has given us a measure of authority and a structure where we are to be in authority over and under (submitted to) those He put into place. As we let go our own will, He guides with that still, small voice. But you can’t hear His voice if your own carnal will is shouting.
Yes, the other person may be totally off, but arguing in cases like this is like trying to wrestle with a pig. George Bernard Shaw said, “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”
Perhaps the other person doesn’t particularly ‘like it,’ but in the end, it’s not really a win/win. Often, it’s a lose/lose.
When you stop fighting for your own way, even if it’s right, and take the time to listen and show genuine care and love to another, whatever the conflict is, the conflict can often be resolved quickly.
What is God’s will?
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God!”
Excerpted from an inspiration given by Christina Li.
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