For us as a young couple seven years ago, the evening did not seem to be starting on a great note. Every statement I made got a one-word answer like “fine”, “nothing” and “okay”. The atmosphere was thick. The room seems smaller.

For almost two hours, Irewamiri was moody. I did all I could. I prodded and pushed so I could get what the issue was- I met a brick wall. Eventually, the walls came down and the reason for her state was simple, she said to me, “I miss my family”.

Many thoughts ran through my mind in a few seconds, “Am I not doing well enough? Am I not family too? Should I also get annoyed and ask what she meant?”

But the Holy Spirit stepped in. I kept my mouth shut. I pulled her close. I made her head rest on my shoulders and I simply patted her without saying a word.

Beloved, as a child of God, your response must not be from the clay of your human flesh and carnality, it must be from the treasure of His Spirit living within you.

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT

If you keep choosing the response of your flesh, you will destroy your relationships. If you listen to the Spirit of the Lord, you will respond like a genius.

The power to respond rightly is already within you. Every time you have ignored it in your dealings and relationship with others, what have you gained? Has it profited you?

All the time you have behaved without recourse to the power of the Lord within you, you have taken the posture of a weakling. Who is a weakling? A man controlled by his impulses, emotions while disregarding the power of God within him is a weakling. Their most used words are, “She made me talk like that”, “He pushed me to anger” or “I just could not control myself”.

Power is hidden in aligning to the prompt of the Spirit of the Lord. Do you remember the gift called self-control? It means that you can choose a great response in the middle of provoking circumstances.

On a scale of 1 to 10, one being the lowest and ten being the highest. Grade yourself and your response to circumstances. Would you let the treasure rule or would you let the clay lead?

temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa

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