Have you ever had a person have such a stronghold over you? The choices they make irritate you. The way they treat you and others infuriates you.
One of the scriptures from this month’s study is Romans 4:14
This life verse can literally help you release and let go of any stronghold a person has in your mind. The grudge can be lifted, the annoyance can take a back seat, and peace can resume in your head. Here it is:
For God has accepted them to be his children.
They are God’s servants, not yours.
They are responsible to Him, not to you.
Let Him tell them whether they are right or wrong.
And God is able to make them do as they should.
Romans 14:3,4 (Living Bible Edition)
We can get SO worked up over the way people around us are acting and choosing to live. It can frustrate us to the core. But it doesn’t have to. We can release them and their actions to God. Let Him judge them. He sees their heart. They are His servant’s, not yours. They are His responsibility, not yours. Let Him deal with their heart and actions.
Meanwhile, you just keep being the best you that you can be. Live in a way that is pleasing to God, because you are His servant and responsibility too. He’s watching over you and your heart just as closely. Make sure to guard that heart of yours, so it remains pure and pleasing to God.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ~ Proverbs 4:23
Everything you do flows from your heart. If someone is acting in a certain manner it is because of a heart issue. You cannot simply get mad and voice your frustrations at someone and expect them to change. It is their hearts that need to be changed, and God is the most effective means of changing hearts. Make sure you are allowing God to change your heart as well. Make sure you are welcoming Him into your heart so His presence can take residence in your life and actions.
This is one of those “Life Verses” that you want to hold on to and remember. People come and go in our lives – new people and those who have been with us forever. This brings new issues, new temperaments, and eventually new frustrations. In those moments, pull out this scripture and remember the words that bring freedom from letting others consume our thoughts and worries.