Good witnesses in difficult times
Week beginning: 14th July, 2019 | By John Scriven | Bath
Let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God of Israel.
Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ...Psalm 69:6b (NKJV), Philippians 1:27 (NKJV)
In these times of division, if we have ventured an opinion about current events, we may have experienced hostility, particularly since respect for individuals is now often equated with agreement (and vice versa).
Or, in our work, we may have a potentially incendiary negotiation to navigate where tempers may become frayed. Our clients (and those on the other side of the negotiation) may have a lot at stake and in these situations emotions can run high.
The Apostle Paul tells us: "Let your gentleness be evident to all" (Philippians 4:5 (NIV)) and in the same verse he gives us a context: "The Lord is near". We should not take offence at what others say, even if it is personal and unfair. The important thing is how God sees us and He can give us the resources to respond appropriately and with generosity of spirit so that we are worthy witnesses for Him.
Let us pray that, even in the most challenging encounters, the peace of God (which is beyond all human understanding) will rest upon us and that we will be worthy witnesses for Him.