Caught in Conceit

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

drive-thru-night1She honked at me! I couldn’t believe she had honked at me! There were three cars ahead of me at the drive-through window and they had moved up just a little and I hadn’t. So she honked to get my attention. Maybe because she saw me while I was on my cell phone searching for something. But they had just crept forward. She then waved at me to move ahead.

Really?!

Ugh! I could feel all kinds of not-so-nice gunk gushing up to the surface of my heart. I could also feel myself getting ready to react, and it wouldn’t have been very nice. I moved my car forward and thought about how fast I had become upset – over nothing!

But, why!?

God allows your mind to be offended to show you what’s in your heart. Our pastor taught that to us many years ago. It was just as true now as it was then.

I had a choice to make; I could stay angry, be in a bad mood the rest of the day, and allow my stinking attitude to affect those around me, or I could humble myself and ask God to forgive me and cleanse me from the now obvious sin in my heart. I chose the latter.

Surrendering isn’t always easy, but it’s the right thing to do. It puts our hearts in a position to learn. Having a teachable spirit always precedes change. That’s what I want. Change. But not only change; I also want the evidence of authentic, unequivocal, eternal change. The Bible calls this the fruit of the Spirit.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” (Galatians 5:22-26)

It’s time to get back on track and resume walking in the Spirit.

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for using ordinary circumstances in my life to show me what’s buried deep within my heart. Thank you for faithfully and lovingly correcting and changing me. Amen.

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