Confession of a Christian
Are you a practicing Christian? It’s hard to practice what is right and what you have learned. Knowledge is something you know. Wisdom is when you ‘apply’ and ‘practice’ what you have known and learned. The Bible said to seek for the truth and learn (Mathew 7:7) for you to be humble and be a true living Christian (Zephaniah 2:3). When you have acquired knowledge, you will see things in an angle that no ordinary eyes will see. You will hear sounds that no ordinary ears will hear. You will feel emotions that no ordinary heart can feel. You will think an ideology that no ordinary thinker can ponder.
What’s the harmful impact if you will not pay attention?
Having such tremendous knowledge; you tend to set requirements and measurements. You tend to see yourself in a position of judging things and others that seemed lowly and time wasting. Because of these; you tend to get angry and dismayed easily especially when you have the bird’s eye view of oppression, unjust deeds and rubbish. You tend to see yourself higher than others because you learned something that they don’t know when it comes to moral, beliefs, and ‘truth’.
How to handle Knowledge?
Jesus reminded us about hostility and aggression; (Matthew 5:22) “But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”
A Christian Confession
I’m a Christian. I’m a Believer. Yes. I’m guilty on this. As a believer, it’s a shameful act. Therefore, let’s continuously strive to control self’s emotion and anger. Let’s have the courage to fight our own selfishness and arrogance. It’s a tedious self-war, yet it’s the best and rewarding battle for it will please our Almighty God. For the golden rule says (Matthew 7:12) “Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.”
How do I manage?
I keep reminding myself that continuously loving our neighbor as our self will please the heart of our God Almighty. (Matthew 5:16) As Jesus told us, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
I turned to silence. (Psalms 45:6) Coat yourself in humility and silence. When in silence you will find calmness amid in chaos. You will be able to think how to response appropriately when you see something incorrectly done or if someone has wrong you.
I open my heart. (Colossians 3:13) Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. It’s hard to forgive specially if the act against you was grievous. Someone has raped or killed your daughter. Someone has killed your son, your father, or mother. Someone has killed your spouse.
Yes, I haven’t experienced this but seeing such incidents in the news is devastating. My cousin has almost killed my father in our own house just because of jealousy and misunderstanding of ancestral property. I was so angry. I can’t even see his picture and see his face. I don’t want to hear his name or feel his presence.
However, I realized that I’m a Christian. I’m a Believer. I shall put all these feelings to God. I opens my heart to feel God’s grace instead of filling it with anger and hatred. I realized that this is the true knowledge and wisdom.
This is my confession. I pray and hope that in time you will find your self forgiving him/her. I pray and hope that in God’s grace, you will find yourself slow in anger. And you will find the freedom that is long waiting you!
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