Ugly Fighting

Psalm 18:35

Psalm 18

The way we usually fight these days is by using our skills and strengths to attac others weakness.

We find out what will hurt more our ’ rival, or opponent or our competition’ and we strike hard. We don’t care about their feelings, our the impact that our input will make in their lives, we just want to win and that is all that matters. We want to win the argument, we want to win for our ego and our self-esteem, and for that one fraction of a second’ feel good’ feeling we get. 

Most of our fights are word-fights. And those fights are the ugliest. Because the tongue is sharper than any weapon ever forged and it’s wounds hurt the hardest, they take long to heal and sometimes never heal. 

That’s ugly fighting. 

Every fight that promotes our ’greatness’ is an ugly fight. 

You empower me for victory with your wrap-around presence. Your power within makes me strong to subdue, and by stooping down in gentleness you strengthened me and made me great!”

Psalms18:35 

Gentleness makes men great. 

In today’s world, we think an elections can make a man great, wealth makes a man great, birthright makes a man great, his victories and achievement make a man great, his discoveries and influence make a man or a woman great, but David reminds us today that: 

God’s gentleness has made him great.  There are no victories like the ones won by the use of gentleness. 

We are impatient and angry, rude and hasty, but Jesus is gentle and kind and he wins our hearts by his gentleness and meekness.  It is his goodness that leads us to repentance and real change. 

Let us fight like him, with gentleness and kindness, for that is the best way to see the change we so much desire in us, others and the world.

( see Philippians 4:5, Proverbs 15:1, Galatians 6:10 )

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