REACTION OR RESPONSE?

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1 John 4:4


As you go through life there is a constant battle between flesh and spirit. Inasmuch as we are born into sin with a character balance favorable to the flesh, beginning with our earliest days we do not have to be taught to sin. “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there I not one who seeks for God;” (Romans 3:10, 11) Your little one probably discovers their first word is NO! It is the same one we probably learned. There is a flow of such words that follow that indicate in no questionable way, that we as parents have a major challenge ahead of us.

Reaction is basically a negative word, and the average person chooses to use it in a manner that will be to their advantage. The problem with such action is that it will in all probability produce further reaction. It is usually a guarantee that the other person takes it as an attack on their opinion, or a belittling of a suggestion, or even a creating of an offensive attitude toward their intelligence; explosive to say the least.

Response is on a foundation that is positive. It is a thought out conclusion flavored with understanding and love. It’s not abrasive, although it may not be in agreement. It is not demeaning and arrogant; it is constructive, like the Proverb (15:1) that says: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (NASB). It reminds one of the child who said to his mother: “Mom, I think you could find something good to say about anyone, even the devil.”; to which she replied: “At least he is consistent.”

Our test question for the day is quite simple: “Do we respond or react to the situations that develop before us each day?” It takes the Grace of God to achieve this goal, (RESPOND) but it is possible. The Christian, the one who has embraced Christ as Savior and Lord, has a new nature that can bring the old nature into subservience to Jesus and achieve the victory. “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) NASB

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