Will Yourself Into Obedience
"To answer without listening – that is folly and shame.” - Proverbs 18:13
To listen without interrupting… now – that’s a struggle I’ve dealt with my entire life. I know it’s rude; I know it assumes that I am more important than the one speaking; I know it is a sign of impatience and disrespect… yet I battle it. It is a sin that flows from pride and a selfish disdain for others.
So- how do we break the habit? How do we keep the truth at the forefront of our mind and consider others better than ourselves? Our spirit is willing, but our flesh is so weak! I truly do delight in God’s law; but there is another law at work within me, waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin. In my sin nature – I am a slave to sin. God says we can only serve one master; but at the heart of the matter is this: we are triune beings. We are made up of spirit, soul, and body. The explanation of which would take many more pages in addition to this post… but, I’ll attempt to tackle the highlights…
Our SPIRIT is the place within us that the Holy Spirit resides. Hopefully, it is this still small voice emanating from within that we allow to guide us in all things. Our SOUL is who we are; it is comprised of our mind, our will, and our emotions. It is fickle; it is easily swayed. It wants it’s own way, and thinks very highly of itself. It is the soul that must be brought into submission, and taught to follow the leading of the Holy spirit within us. Then you have our BODIES… these jars of clay that carry us through this life. With our bodies come sensation, and the appetites that have the power to consume us. In the worst case scenario – we will be driven along; controlled by the desires of the flesh.
So – how to we break the habit? The process may take a lifetime; and it may never come easily. But, we must compartmentalize our emotions, we must keep our bodies in check and choose to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit within us. We must “will” ourselves to obedience.
The next time you are tempted to interrupt another… no matter how silly the conversation may seem – step back, take a breath, and ask yourself – “will I honor this individual and actually listen to what they have to say? Or, will I honor myself – degrading others along my merry way?” Will it be challenging? No doubt – but, is very much possible for every single one of us.
Prayer: Lord, help us! We all fall prey to our own selfish egos. We have all done this – some within the last few moments of time. Forgive us for neglecting to consider others worthy of our consideration; and teach us to trust your voice that speaks truth within our very soul!
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