Faith Baptist Church of State College, Pennsylvania

Catching Steve

While growing up, I had a neighborhood "buddy" by the name of Steve. More than once I made every effort possible to catch him for the purpose of teaching him a "good lesson." Why? Because Steve would irritate me with his behavior; that is, he would often make fun of me and then take off running as I followed in hot pursuit.  Do you have a "Steve" in your life? Is there someone who irritates you? Someone that grates you and gets under your skin? Someone that you would like to catch, as it were, and teach a "good lesson"? Perhaps a colleague (or boss) at work? Maybe someone in the neighborhood? Could it be a family member--even your brother, sister, or spouse? Possibly your "brother" or "sister" who stands near you while singing "Amazing Grace?"

All of us have at least one "Steve" in our lives, and we make every possible effort to catch our "Steve" for the purpose of teaching him a "good lesson." Friends, that's the flesh- the old man- the life of slavery to sin and death. What's the Spirit-- the new man--the life of freedom in the Lord Jesus Christ?

Listen to the "Law of Liberty" (James 1:25): "And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32

Brethren, we "can do all things through Him (Jesus Christ) who strengthens us" (Philippians 4:13). We can respond to our "Steve" with kindness, tender-heartedness, and forgiveness. We can respond in His strength (Ps. 84:5), walking by the Spirit (Gal. 5:16f), manifesting that freedom in Christ to "serve one another through love" (Gal. 5:13).

Our Puritan brethren of old would say, "Before talking to man about God make sure that you talk to God about man." Friends, before talking to your "Steve" make sure that you've talked with God about him and your heart (Pr. 4:23). Make sure that you allow your Father to break and transform your heart so that you would manifest His heart rather than your hurtful hate toward your "Steve." Thus, instead of teaching him a "good lesson" in your flesh, you will have the God-pleasing and honoring joy of witnessing to him of that glorious newness of life in the Lord Jesus Christ.

In Christ's Love,
Pastor Drew