Following instead of leading

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21 NIV

Ephesians-5_21Many an argument could have been stopped by the surrender of one party to the other before hostilities increased. That this doesn’t happen more often is a reflection of our humanity manifesting itself in all kinds of selfish ambition. Pride, self-seeking, judgmental attitudes and disgruntled feelings propel us to continue in disagreements, well past the time when they are serve any good purpose.

We humans have a hard time submitting to one another.

As we grow in our knowledge and understanding of Christ things begin to change for us.

We become less argumentative.

We agree more often.

We find value in adopting a loving attitude with everyone we meet.

Problem is, not all of us mature at the same rate, but even still…those of the family of God do better than non-believers at this whole submission thing. Our highest aim is, of course, submission to the God of Angel Armies.

Today, if you’re struggling with stepping down or stepping back so that you can be a more effective example of love and caring, cry out to Jesus and ask Him for help. He knows what it feels like to be flesh and blood and He sympathizes with our plight. He can help us to do what we cannot do on our own. Test Him in this and see if He does not make things run more smoothly.

The Holy Spirit is a willing participant in this work; will we be receptive?

How difficult do you find it to submit to others authority over you?  When has submission been a blessing; when has it been a curse?

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