Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Do you Bristle?

Titus 3:2
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, 
but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men

This little guy looks cute, but those bristles sting. Some people are like that. I have been like that. You know, you see something or someone says something you don't really like and the bristles come out. Ouch!

Not quite the idea the Lord had for us to walk in. IF we believe He is the Great I AM, fully capable to take care of us. Fully trustworthy. Our Good Shepherd. Then why do we bristle? Sometimes it can be righteous anger, but I don't think that comes with bristles. 

James 3:17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Being bristly is a defense mechanism. Like the caterpillar in the picture, he's got the 'make my day' attitude. 'Go ahead and touch me'  and with a sneering laugh (not sure caterpillar's can sneer but..) he dares anyone to touch him. They'll pay.

Bristles keep others away. "Don't touch me." attitude. 

Let the love of God take away those bristles. Jesus came to set us free from the idea we are in this alone. We are not. He is with us, forever. Our strong fortress. Capable of caring for us. And desiring that we would be a testimony of His goodness and lead others to know Him.


Be gentle. Like a LAMB.

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