But when God is the one filling us up, we give Him the opportunities to fill us with these virtues
Has anyone else been feeling overly restless, easily angered, or frustrated in the last few months? No, just me?
Yesterday, I sat down to reflect upon my bible reading, I reflected upon these words: "A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger." -Proverbs 15:1
When we are frustrated, it's so easy, to answer with the quickness of our tongue, to lash out at others. It takes a person of patience, compassion, humility, gentleness, and forgiveness, to take a moment to love and to respond with those virtues. But how often do we do that? How often do we respond with our emotions, rather than to respond the way Christ would to us?
I have noticed that over the last few months, my responses to those around me have become quick harsh words, rather than that of love. As I really started to reflect upon this, I realized that it has a lot to do with my prayer life. I feel like my prayer life went on the back burner and I have let everything else take a priority in my life.
When we don't have the time to quiet our hearts, and recenter our lives back on God, we allow the world to fill up our hearts and minds. But when God is the one filling us up, we give Him the opportunities to fill us with these virtues to be able to truly love one another.
If you have been feeling angry, frustrated, or restless, take a look at your prayer life? What are you filling yourself with? Are you asking for the virtues that only God can give?
Praying for you.