1 Peter 1:6-7
When the trials of life encompass me and the genuineness of my faith is tested with fire, I want the character of God, which is much more precious than gold that perishes, to be visible in my life.
I was in a back room at church one particular day when I overheard someone ask another person, “if I bumped you, what would spill out?” Oh boy, I bristled in embarrassment at that because I know that when I’m bumped, sometimes bad things come out of my mouth and it’s not good. My defense mechanism is on high alert and often times, I’m quick to say something that shouldn’t be said. This is an area of my life that I need to spend more time in prayer over for sure.
God’s Word says in Matthew 15:11... The things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these make a man (woman) unclean.
When I examine my heart in hopes of understanding why my first response is often sinful, the Spirit of God reveals my sins to me in such a way that brings conviction not condemnation which leads to true repentance and forgiveness. In prayer, I ask, “Holy Spirit, anoint my eyes that I may see my true heart condition and be kept from deception through un-forgiveness, anger, envy, and resentment.” Rev 3:18
I’m currently reading a book called, The Bait of Satan, written by John Bevere, which has given me quite a bit to think about. Right off in his first paragraph, the author points out that, “many (people) are unable to function properly in their calling because of the wounds and hurts that offenses have caused in their lives.” He continues, “they are handicapped and hindered from fulfilling their full potential.”
The root of most offense is pride which can cause a person to be so blind that they can’t see that the real problem is in them and not due to their offender. Proverbs 13:10 tells us, “where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”
God loves us too much to leave us where we are because our impure selves cannot reflect clearly all of who He is. God sometimes refines us like gold to draw out our impurities so that we can reflect His glorious qualities in that we may live peaceably here on earth until He returns. Daniel 11:35 “Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.”
It is far better to go through a refining fire than to be left bitter and at odds with others. In time, through the work of the Holy Spirit, we are cleansed of all filth and malice so that when we’re “bumped” only His goodness and mercy spill out. Your faith will be like gold that has been tested by fire... 1 Peter 1:7
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.