More and more I am convinced that we are living in the last days, we are living in times where we need to utilize spiritual discernment as the world around us grows darker and darker. This not only goes to dwelling around the unsaved, but also amongst those who profess to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The Bible tells us:
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:1-17)
For some of us, this is hard to do because we think with our hearts, with our guard down instead of protecting our hearts and walking carefully and with wisdom and discernment. Hurt people hurt people, it is very easy to become one of the “wounded walking.” And I’ll take it even a step further – when you are a wounded walker, it is very easy for ol’slewfoot and his minions to take that open opportunity wound and make it become infested with seeds of bitterness, hatred, mean spirited attacking your own body – the body of Christ, instead of walking in love, forgiveness and understanding.
Have you become infected? Careful – because the infection of bitterness is one that can quickly spread and become infectious. Instead of being filled with the Holy Spirit and the love of God, you spew seeds of anger and hatred and unkind words and accusations and inuendos and all of a sudden, the fountain that God desired you to be overflowing with His love and His Spirit becomes a drain that not only drains your life – but causes hurt, pain and suffering for those around you. And the absolute WORST part of it, is that the results are confusion, discord, pain and division within the body of Christ.
Notice the signs… You can notice them the most when someone’s words of hurt wounds you and instead of walking as Jesus has shown us, with forgiveness, love and compassion, we respond back in like manner. Who gets the glory for such actions?
This is where it becomes like a quick spreading cancer – instead of walking in forgiveness, understanding and love we wound someone with accusations and anger not acting in ANY way the manner that Jesus as our example would have acted. We act in the flesh. Each one of us have buttons of responses within us based upon our experiences, places that we don’t know are still in need of healing. Is your fountain plugged up? Are you filled with the fruit of the Spirit? Love, Joy, Peace, forbearance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. (Galatians 5:22-23) and if you are not – it is a sure sign that the fountain God intended you to be, has become clogged and you need the Holy Spirit to fix the clog.
When someone hurts you, how do you respond? Hurt people hurt people… Maybe stepping back and reassessing the situation through prayer and guidance from the Holy Spirit is the best course of action. Maybe recognizing that it gives the devil a tremendous amount of satisfaction to see discord within the body of Christ – or even within the reaction someone saved has towards a wrong that someone unsaved has caused them.
What does the Bible say to do? PRAY.
As I write these words, I write them because I noticed within my own self a need for healing. My fountain had become clogged as I recognized my love and patience for people (both saved and unsaved) was turning into sheer dislike. I was beginning to have negative feelings towards everyone around me. Hurt people were hurting ME. Hurt people were misjudging me or had misconceptions about me (planted by ol’slewfoot either known or unbeknown to them because that is what the devil in his demons do in the warfare that takes place in minds susceptible to his verbage). Sometimes, there is no trying to clear it up because misconceptions or miscommunications become holes of division and discord. There are times where we need to just PRAY for those hurt people and ask God to bring the truth to the forefront.
Many people start out as fountains and over a period of time – become drains. Take a look at your life. Is this you? As i said at the beginning of this post, you can be a fountain or a drain. You can know a drain because once you are around one for a period of time you FEEL drained. They have no joy. They complain a lot, they gossip a lot, their views on who they talk about are negative in the hopes that you too will feel negative. They tear down and instead of build up. They see life as problem or negative situation after negative situation and cannot see God in it. As I write these words some of you are having people come to mind. The BEST way to STOP a drain – is to let your fountain flow. Speak the promises of God. Speak words of encouragement! Build up, lift up. A drain cannot tear down or be negative around someone who radiates the light of Christ. They will either walk away from you (filled with resentment, spewing out words of hostility) or by overflowing with the Holy Spirit and love of Christ, God will use you to unclog their drain.
Again I state what the Bible tells us: “Be very wary of how you live – not as unwise, but as wise – making the most of EVERY opportunity because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15) God’s intent is for you to be a fountain of His Holy Spirit – one that draws people unto Him. A well-spring of life that causes healing, nourishment, forgiveness, love, peace and draws others either to Jesus or in a deeper walk WITH Jesus. That is how God meant us to live.