Is there someone in your life that bothers you? Someone that makes you see red? We all have people in our lives that push our buttons and get us to overreact.
Still, even if their actions are inappropriate or very wrong, it’s important to check your heart.
Remember, as a child of God, things are different. You don’t have to let rage consume you. You don’t have to let another person influence and control your heart. Instead, your rest and peace depend on the only one that is perfect: Jesus.
Don’t let the enemy manipulate your emotions and reactions. Instead, focus on how God wants you to understand things – especially yourself. Remain in a healthy, centered place. Stay focused on God’s word. See his hand at work everywhere – even if it’s not how you like it.
A message and prayer from Vincent:
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Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
BUTTON PUSHER PRAYER
Oh blessed Lord,
Where do these people come from? Why do they cross my path? The ones that drive me crazy. They bring out the worst in me.
They way they act, think and talk makes my blood boil. Who do they think they are? Where’s the meaning here, oh Lord?
When I get mad, I might say, “I could just kill so-and-so.” What’s going on in my heart?
Could it be I see my shadow there? Or a light you send to tell me, “Here’s where you need healing and help.”
Give me understanding. Yes, they may be wrong, but who am I to condemn? Who do I think I am?
Put my heart in your hands, oh Lord. Show me again that heaven is a gift, not a right.
Help me not to become an even bigger monster than the ones that make me mad.
Yes, I can be firm. Yes, I can be confident. I might even get angry sometimes.
But not at the cost of anyone’s soul. Not theirs. Not mine.
Keep me. Bless me. And bless them too.
In Jesus name, Amen.