How are you doing today? How are you responding to the things being thrown at you? When tough things get thrown at you, how are you answering?
Let's face it, when things are going our way, it is much easier to respond in the right way isn't it? It is when we are facing fatigue, busyness, and messiness of ministry and life that the tough part comes in huh?
Titus 2:11-12 reminds us when faced with opposition and struggles, that the same "grace of God" that "has appeared and that offers us salvation to us" also, "teaches us to say "NO" to ungodliness and "YES" to "a self-controlled life in Him." Part of that self control is in the way we respond to the verbal attacks thrown at us too.
Three things that seem to be a common denominator for good people falling into old unhealthy traps is busyness, fatigue and a lack of devotional.
The only way we have the power to say "NO" in those crazy times is to say "YES" to staying connected with the One who gives us the power thru the Holy Spirit to keep maintaining self-control. Only He can give us that 'eagerness' to keep living a life holy and pleasing to Him.
"...while we wait for the blessed hope-the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good." Titus 2:13-14