There is a period of time after a storm when the refuse stirred up comes floating by. All the trash, the broken wood, the ‘stuff” that surrounds us. The sea is filled with debris, rivers are choked with it, the land cries out with the brokenness. So too, with our daily lives, storms leave behind broken pieces that are in need of cleaning up. This period of time has the potential to bury us once more in distress as we relive the storm over and over again and long for ‘how things were’.
Col 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new [man] who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave [nor] free, but Christ [is] all and in all. Therefore, as [the] elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also [must do]. Blue Letter Bible. “Colossians 3 – New King James Version.” Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2009. 2 Jul 2009. < http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Col&c=3&t=NKJV >
Do not be enslaved to natural man’s emotions, thoughts, actions. Be set free to the life led by the Spirit – His Spirit leading our spirit – ever in tune with Him. Set our minds above – not below – it raises us above the level of earthly disputes and focuses us on our Father – knowing how to live peacefully with one another, knowing we can live eternally with Him…
Not filled with anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language, all these tear down. But clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, these build up.
When the logs of discord – be they from memory or present – come by you in the stream of life – let them pass…don’t stop them, pull them up on the bank, build a house of pain and disruption, then live in it. Rather, let them go on by, down the stream or out to sea. That will allow you to reach that place where you can “forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Then you can act in the victorious lifestyle of; “over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” This will allow you to express compassion toward those who have brought you harm, treat them with kindness, remain humble in the Lord for He raises you above the hurt, be gentle in response to harshness, and have patience as you see the Lord work out His will in you and others.