This is such a powerful quote. We all need to make sure that we remember these words the next time we are “really ticked off” by another person and are tempted to wallow in a sea of anger, hate, unforgiveness, etc.
It is not just people who can cause you to plant bad seeds; it is also circumstances that happen as a result of everyday living. When everything seems to go wrong, you always have a choice as to how you will react.
It must be your choice to plant good seeds each day.
This post is not about something extremely horrible that has happened to you. If that is the case, there will be certain stages you need to work through to get past your grief or anger, and you may even need to get some Christian counseling. You still are the one that finally has to make the choice, though, of what you will do to get rid of all the bad feelings that are keeping you from having God’s Best. You can continue to let them control you, or decide that you will start to plant good seeds and let the bad stuff go.
It always helps to remember that you are getting rid of all the bad things in your life because it is what God wants you to do. He cannot truly bless you until you have done the things He has asked, no matter how much your flesh is fighting to get its own way.
He always has your best interest at heart. There is another quote that says “He who angers you controls you.” I don’t know its origin, but it is certainly true. When you are full of anger and hate, there is no room for God to work in your life. It is like a leech that sucks all your energy, talents, peace, joy, and even can change your whole personality.
I have written an article called “Respond or React – What is the Difference?” Keep reading to see what it says:
According to the dictionary:
React – 1. To act in response to or under the influence of a stimulus or prompting 2. To act reciprocally or in return
Respond – 1. To make a reply; answer 2. To act in return or in answer 3. To react positively or favorably
To react means you give back the same thing that was given to you in much the same manner. To respond acts in return, but in a positive way.
These words are very powerful for every person, but especially for the Christian. You may not have control over many of the things that happen to you, but you can ALWAYS have control over how you respond to them. It is important for the Christian to walk with God on a daily basis. When you do that, your mind is set in a spiritual mode, and not in a fleshly one. You have already decided that you want your actions to please God.
I know from my own experience that when I make up my mind about something, I set it firmly and am not easily persuaded to act differently. I believe I know the truth and am acting totally and completely upon what I believe. When you fully believe in something, your actions will naturally follow with passion and determination.
Then if Satan throws you a curve in some way, you are much more likely to have the correct response. Even though you have no idea what might happen in the future, you are in a sense prepared for almost anything. You have already decided that you will think before you speak or act. Living your life this way can save you much heartache and regret.
When you just react to whatever comes your way without thinking first, your flesh takes control and does whatever it feels at the moment. That is when you do things that might hurt your testimony as a Christian.
Unsaved people are always watching to see if a Christian acts any differently when they go through bad times, because they have told the world that they have a powerful God who can meet all their needs. When you let the flesh take control, sometimes you never get a chance to undo the damage you have done to your Christian testimony as far as that one person or incident is concerned.
The Christian will never have to live with regret if he will learn to hear the Holy Spirit when He speaks. He is waiting patiently to give guidance and direction to walk in the truth. All you have to do is ask Him to take control of your speech, hearing, thinking, etc. You will find that you are more aware of things going on around you, and will have much more discernment than you ever had before.
Also, make the choice to study your Bible on a daily basis and spend time in prayer seeking direction. Put God first in your everyday life. All you need to do is make the first step, and He will meet you wherever you are.
The leadership of the Holy Spirit is the only way that you can respond instead of react to any given situation that happens in an instant. Now more than ever, we as Christians need to be a light to a world that is looking for something real, but trying to find it everywhere except in God.
The next time something unexpected happens, make sure that you respond in a way that will be pleasing to God.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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