Next Step Week 2
Bottom Line: You are not responsible for how an authority acts, but you are responsible for how you react.
When an authority does something to hurt us, make us angry or simply annoy us, and we let our emotions get the worst of us, we put ourselves under the authority of our emotions. And when this happens, we often let our emotions become our masters, causing us to act poorly towards an authority that we believe has acted poorly towards us.
There is an old saying that goes like this: “Emotions make great slaves but terrible masters.”
What are the relationships with authority where you see your emotions mastering you?
Read through and meditate on the following verses:
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV).
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV).
“A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel” (Proverbs 15:18 NIV).
“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control” (Proverbs 29:11 NIV).
Take some time to pray, both for the emotions that you fight when you are dealing with a frustrating authority figure and for those authority figures, themselves. Amazingly, when we praying for these authority figures we find that our tension with them begins to melt away. And remember not just to pray that they would change, but that God would give you the grace to love them and react well towards them, despite your frustration with them.