“It’s only natural.” How easy it is to use this simple phrase to excuse bad behavior. But as children of YHVH, we are called to transcend, even forsake, natural human reactions and predilections. We should be careful not to allow “natural tendencies” to govern our interactions with others.
I am thinking about how much I have wanted other people, especially family and friends, to hear and accept with enthusiasm the exciting truths I am learning about what Yeshua explained and demonstrated about living according to YHVH’s instructions. I found out quickly that not everyone was immediately open to hearing what I so much wanted to share. My exuberance was mostly viewed as a pushy, superior attitude. At first, I was upset at being misunderstood. But then I realized I was not being misunderstood, I actually was speaking out of turn. I was not waiting for the Ruach HaQodesh to open the path for sharing. I saw that I needed to repent – to change my own view of these interactions, and then to wait for the appointed times to show and share.
Take a look inside. Listen to your own thoughts. How often have you evaluated someone and come to the conclusion that you are better? Of course, you do not put it to yourself that way, exactly; and you would NEVER express such a thought out loud! Be honest – a little raising of the eyebrows; a little clucking of the tongue; a little shaking of the head; a little rolling of the eyes; and even sometimes turning to the person next to you and saying, “Did you see….?”
“[Let] nothing [be done] through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”
(Philippians 2:3, NKJV)
Normal human behavior. How often do we excuse ourselves by saying, “that’s how everybody does…”?
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”
(Psalm 51:10, CJB)