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In part one of our series, we talked about how we handled difficult conversations that are left with hurt feelings and unresolved issues, to whit, we often tend to replay the conversation in our heads over and over again. The root of the replay is lack of forgiveness which is importance and a necessity in a christian’s life (See Matthew 18). Last time, we took a look at the need for us to forgive ourselves. In our final installment, let’s explore the replay in terms of “the reaction”. You know, how the you or the other person re/act before, during or after a conversation.
- We sometimes rehearse the outcome in our minds because of:
— the actual reaction (usually unfavorable).
–the anticipated reaction (what might happen).
–the inaction (the person didn’t react/follow-through how YOU wanted).
- These feelings are rooted in pride, fear and/or a lack of trust in God’s Word and direction.
- Unless there is a victory report, replays are not of God.
Scripture to consider:
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) .
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.. (2 Corinthians 10:5).
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (1 John 2:16).
Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother (Matthew 18:15).
Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, says the LORD (Jeremiah 1:8).
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8).
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).
What are your thoughts on what we’ve talked about? How are your “self-conversations” going to be different? Let’s talk about it in the comments section!
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