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Sensitivity - Issue 138
February 05, 2010
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This week was our first week back to a study routine. You can read about each day over at my blog, starting with Monday. I’ll continue to post Saturday and Sunday as well. I struggled at the beginning of the week, a bit tense over how much I had planned to do in each day, stressed because we had no margin. And then towards the end of the week, though I still need to tweak our routine, I realised that life does happen and I am okay with laying aside what was planned and doing what is important. The familiar saying comparing the urgent with the important has been good to reflect on this week. I certainly want to focus on what is important – each hour of the day.

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Sensitivity: Using my senses to perceive
the true attitudes and emotions of others.
~ Character First

In my studies of Sensitivity the last week or so I have been wondering if I am sensitive to God’s true attitudes and emotions; do I truly know what He feels about things in my life?

The challenge is there for me to take stock, to look at each aspect of my life from the eyes of God – what does He see? Does it make him glad? Does God’s heart rejoice in me?

This is where I need to be sensitive to God –

  • watching and listening to God (and His Word),
  • understanding what God feels about things and
  • acting out of that understanding

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
Ephesians 4:30

What does it mean to grieve? This verse is nestled in the middle of a list of sin – things that I believe would grieve, do grieve, the Holy Spirit; lying, sinful anger, stealing, evil words, bitterness, malice, giving in to temptation. When we allow these things to be a part of our life the Holy Spirit grieves.

We grieve when we love and then when something is lost. We grieve over a life; we grieve over a lost friendship. The Holy Spirit, a part of the God-head, loves us and when we do wrong, when we sin, something is lost (our connection with God) and that makes Him deeply sad. He is not angry – He is sad. This sadness is from a deep love for us, though He hates the sin He continues to love us though His desire is for us to get back right with God.

I am reminded of my love for my children. I love them whether they do good or bad – they are my children. But I am then challenged with how God and the Holy Spirit deals with me and my sin compared to how I deal with my children and their wrong doing.

The Holy Spirit grieves.
I get angry.

For the anger of man
does not achieve
the righteous life that God desires.
James 1:20

As parents we need to grieve for our children’s hearts. We need to feel such a deep love for them and their well being that when they cause a separation in either our relationship or in their relationship with God our first and foremost response needs to be one of grief… deep sadness that they have done themselves a harm.

Let us all seek God with all our heart and let us …. Do that which is right in the sight of the Lord (2 Kings 22:2)

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Belinda Letchford
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