A New Beginning

Devotional

The Middle Finger


My family slowed down while entering a circle as a courtesy to allow another driver to pass through. The driver behind us honked at us within seconds. I found it irritating. I turned around to look at the honking driver, and she gave me the middle finger. I quickly returned her gesture without thinking or considering the little one was sitting next to me. 


What would Jesus have done if someone gave him the middle finger or cussed him out? He certainly would not mirror back obscenity. My response should have reflected Christ, but it did not. 1 John 2:6 (NLT) says, “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”


My conscience judged me; I repented and reflected on the situation which brought to light many things I needed to work on, emotionally and spiritually.


The event showed me there were things in my life I needed to address. I  repented and refused to make excuses for my behavior. I worked on them by praying and making changes, knowing God would help me do His will or change. Philippians 2:13 (NLT) says, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”


Also, I refused to allow condemnation or guilt to keep me down. We are becoming like Christ as we humble ourselves before God and crucify the flesh daily (1 John 3:2-3). It is a process that will be completed when we see Jesus face to face in eternity. Knowing this can help you keep condemnation at bay when you fall short in your faith adventure.





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