Friday, October 4, 2013

Joy is Contagious

Colossians 3:12 NKJV

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 

A while back, I found myself doing some soul searching. I had noticed a trend. I was continually finding myself with hurt feelings, being upset, and offended. It was never the same people who caused me to feel this way either. It didn't matter where I was or who I was with, but about 6 times out of 10 I would leave a function in a tizzy. It was always "So and so said who-knows-what" and it rubbed ME the wrong way, or that person gave ME the stank eye, or everybody complimented the others there but no one said anything good to ME! 

I was tired of feeling constantly like an outsider with hurt feelings and singing pour pitiful me! So I did some self analysis. I noticed that the common denominator was ME! I decided to see what the Bible said about this easily offended habit of mine. What I found was that if I were more humble, more meek in spirit I would not feel this way. The bottom line was that I was committing the sin of pride. Taking myself and everything about me way too seriously. I was valuing myself more than I valued anyone else and was getting upset when others didn't value me as much as I did myself.

 Proverbs 11:2 says "when pride comes then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."

 This verse smacked me in the face! I was being disgraceful to myself and to God.  I called myself a Christian but when I thought someone wasn't treating me the way I felt I deserved to be treated, I threw a fit and showed my tail. I damaged my witness as well as the kingdom of God. How shameful?!! 

Being too sensitive or easily offended is not good for anyone! It causes the person heart ache, the loss of friends, and so much more!

My advice to myself and everyone else is: do you're very best not to be easily offended. Save yourself the headache and heartache. 

Psalms 119:165 says "Great peace have they who love thy law: nothing shall offend them" 

Delight yourself in the Lord! Choose to be joyful. Even if it seems you are being mistreated answer it with kindness and a smile. I'm sure that you'll find that love will over come and joy is contagious.

Chassidy Hester


  1. I am so proud of you Chassidy!!! This is REAL AND HONEST AND STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!!!! It's not always easy to unveil your self to the world !!! I have been in a poor me pity party ALL WEEK! They are moving me from the branch I love in Curry to a jasper branch. Although I am not happy about it I know GOD has a plan!!!! As dissapointed and as hurt as I feel, I will go with a good attitude, the light of JESUS, the love of Christ......BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT YOU SAID WAS WISDOM FROM THE LORD FOR ME!!!!! Love will overcome and joy is contagious :)

    1. Just think about it this way....Somebody in the Jasper branch needs more Jesus in their life. Take Him to them. Consider this an opportunity not an obstacle.

  2. One thing I've learned is that pride always comes before the fall. I too have had to check my pride. If we don't humble ourselves, God will humble us. Been there. Done that. It wasn't fun, but discipline usually isn't. Great post! I needed the reminder!

  3. Aww, Pam, i'm sorry to hear that. I can understand how that its going to be a hard transition for you. But i'm glad that this devo spoke to you. I've tried hard not to let my feelings our emotions write these blogs for me. I always pray that the Lord speak through me to the heart of everyone who reads them. I don't allow situations around me to effect what I write about. I don't want it to be my soap box, I want it to be a witness, a testimony, a tool that the Lord uses to speak to people. Its sounds like that's just what's happening! That motivational and exciting to me! Thank you for sharing Pam. I hope every blog that AwakeningLIFE posts on here helps at least one person. But we don't know unless people tell us. Now I can't wait to see what the Lord has Instore for next week!

  4. Chassidy! I absolutely loved today's devotion! It really spoke to me! Thank you for obeying God! This is one of my very favorite devotions so far!!!