Remember those WWJD bracelets?

I never had one, but several years ago, I began to listen to something even better than a reminder encircling my wrist asking the question, “What Would Jesus Do?”

I wish I could say I listen all the time. My base instincts sometimes drown out that voice of the Holy Spirit.

I’m sometimes like a fit-throwing toddler, fussing about unfairness or inconvenience or whatever I don’t like.

But I try to walk with that question before me at all times — and as I do, I hear the guidance that I say I’m seeking.

Without going into details, in the past few weeks I’ve experienced enough aggravation to bring the old me out with a vengeance. Maybe you all know the feeling. In my case, the old me is all about being right and not taking any guff from anyone. The old me is impatient. The old me is intolerant of people who try my patience. The old me thinks it’s important to have the last word — with a zinger.

The new born-again and spirit-filled me wonders, now and then, why circumstances are tempting the old me to bust out and show out.

And then I’m reminded that I had homework when I was learning things in school. Sometimes I thought I had a good grasp on the material, only to realize I needed a refresher course.

Spiritual life is no different. God shows us areas that need work, sometimes by pointing them out in a nudge of the Holy Spirit to our heart, and sometimes by allowing us to go through things that demonstrate where we are and where we need to be.

When we ask God to show us anything in us that is not of Him, we need to be ready to see it. Because He will show us!

In my case, God has shown me my busyness, shown me my impatience. He’s reminded me that He’s put it in me to show grace because He has given me grace. He’s reminded me that everything is in His time, not mine.

I hadn’t intended to focus on that today, but God pointed out to me that while I’m special to Him, every other soul He created is no less special to Him.

Many people are focused on what’s going on with this rampant coronavirus.

But God’s special virus is never-ending love and grace for His children. He wants me and you, in these times, to do our homework and live out grace and humility and love of one another and our Savior — to spread THAT virus to one another.

Colossians 4:6 (TPT) — Let every word you speak be drenched with grace and tempered with truth and clarity ...

Colossians 3:12 (TPT) — You are always and dearly beloved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others.

Ephesians 4:32 (TPT) — But instead be kind and affectionate toward one another. Has God graciously forgiven you? Then graciously forgive one another in the depths of Christ’s love.

Email Andrea Howe at ahowe@mtcarmelregister.com

— Email Andrea Howe at ahowe@mtcarmelregister.com

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