Don’t You Know Who I Am?
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Forgiveness was not on the agenda. The meeting had finished. Afterwards, a young person had raised a concern over someone else’s behaviour, which was not received well. The young person regretted having said anything. Packing up to go home, waiting upstairs for the car to arrive, a commotion was heard coming towards the group.
I think I only had time to breathe a quick prayer of ‘God help us!’ before stepping up between the two to shield the young person by blocking access. When I left home that morning I never expected to be facing someone squaring up to me, rolling up her sleeves and wanting to fight. But God never puts us in a situation that is more than we can handle with His help. I tried to keep my voice even and controlled but I was acutely aware that we were in a public place and she was very loud. Somehow we managed to move away from the young person towards the exit door where she went outside but I remained inside.
I found myself reflecting on how we older women should be able to conduct ourselves in such a way that we are examples to the younger women, as we find in Titus 2:3-5 (KJV), “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
The beauty from expensive clothes and perfect make-up fades rapidly against the backdrop of an unbridled tongue. “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” says James 1:26. And again Luke 6:45 says, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.
As Christians, we forget who we really are when we behave in unseemly ways—what has been sacrificed for us, and the nature of our true potential. When we truly grasp that, we can smile at adverse situations and grievances, rise above it and think, “Don’t you know who I am?” And, more importantly, “Don’t you know who you are?” We are all children of God and as such should conduct ourselves in the manner laid out in the scriptures above.
Eternal Father, Protector and Encourager, thank you for always being there and forgiving us. Help us to always remember who we are, Your children, and help us to always act that way, full of love and forgiveness, with us older children setting an example for the younger ones to follow, just like the example Christ our elder Brother set for us. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Jackee Brown
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