Listen To The Quiet

Christians support and encourage each other in a variety of ways. Some look at a person and try to lift the person up. Some look at a person’s enemy, and try to tear the enemy down. First, consider the quiet, supportive approach of lifting a person up. Let’s look at two lines from “Have You Never Been Mellow” by Olivia Newton-John.

The first line asks, “Have you never let someone else be strong?” Someone wants to help you. But you have to give him permission to help you. And you must want to be helped. So, have you never LET someone else be strong? Strong for YOU?

The second line states, “Now you're not hard to understand, you need someone to take your hand.” We all have needs. And there are times when our need for God becomes so great, that some kind of dependency on other people is crucial, for God to demonstrate His love for us through those around us.

Now consider the both-barrels-blazing approach of tearing another person’s enemy down. Do you need to drop a charging bull dead in its tracks, or drop a battle opponent? Let’s look at “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar. Love is not a spectator sport. Sometimes love means taking the heat yourself, to draw fire away from someone you care about. All right! Let’s do it! “Put up your dukes, let’s get down to it!” … “Hit me with your best shot!” … “Fire away!” What competition!

“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.” (1 Corinthians 9:25-26 NIV)

Are we running aimlessly? Are we just beating the air? Maybe it is not always best to keep hammering away at the enemy. If fighting, without a purpose, is not the solution, then what options are available to us? Do you want revenge? Do you want a safe haven? Or do you want rest, and healing for a heart that has been scarred by lost battles?

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29 NIV) Let us learn from Him. Gentle. Humble. Rest.

Let’s pray for a while. Let’s talk to God. And to each other through God’s spirit. His glory is reflected in our faces and in our lives. To God be the glory! That’s what it’s all about. Glorifying God, not us. Let’s not get all puffed up and proud because we think we can battle fierce opponents. "For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory" (Deuteronomy 20:4). To God be the glory! Amen!

Let us pray. Christ was nailed to a cross to rescue us from our sins. He died for us. And the big news is that, although He was carried away from that cross, He came up from His grave ALIVE, all by Himself. I didn’t help Him. You didn’t help Him. He did it all on His own. The victory is Christ’s. We serve a RISEN Savior, not a dead memory or a false image. Amen!

Let us pray. Christ has a gentle and humble spirit. There can be great peace and rejoicing for you. Have you never let someone else be strong? Do you need for someone to take your hand? All you have to do is ask. And receive Christ into your heart. Amen.

I asked this of you earlier. Do you seek revenge, a safe haven, or healing? God knew that healing is what you needed. And healing is what you have received from God. That is what we prayed for. And God answers prayers.

As the days go by, you will receive confirmation that you are blessed with something beyond belief. But do believe it. It’s yours. And no one can ever take it away from you. Just keep giving God the glory. And let the blessings flow. To God be the glory! Now and forever!

One more thought from our first song. "Have you never tried to find a comfort from inside you?" It's not just a song. It's for real. Listen to the quiet. It can drop a charging bull dead in its tracks.

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