Our relationships are so important to Jesus. How we treat others matters. Lately I have been learning about God as my Counselor, in the way of a mediator. The Scriptures tell us, He is our Counselor.
I am finding that the more I learn of Jesus, the less fearful I am. Funny how learning to depend on His Word eliminates fear. Fear has played a real part in my life. As a young girl, I picked up a fear of being left. This fear had control over my life and affected my relationships. I handled any diversity with a “shut-down” method. When I felt hurt, the unknown, or rejected, I would completely shut down. I mean I felt the results of the actions but I would disassociate myself completely from the situation or even the person. I will admit sometimes the disassociation was not a bad thing but this leaked over into good relationships.
When I began to pray more, The Lord impressed on me to pray for the things I worried about in my relationships with people in my life. I started keeping my jaws shut and taking it to The Lord. Things I would normally confront my children over, trying to make them see my point, I took it to Jesus. Forcing them was no longer an option since they now had their own families. lol I remember one instance, I really wanted to harp on my son for not going to church. Instead I started just praying that Jesus would speak to him on his level everyday. It was about two weeks later my son and I were talking and he began to tell how Jesus had been talking with him on a daily basis. EXACTLY what I had prayed. The results were so good it made me WANT to pray.
Another instance, my best friend and I had found ourselves in different circumstances that we were not used too. We spent lots of time together for several years but life was changing for each of us and the time was not so abundant. The distance bothered me and I wanted more than anything for her to know how much she meant to me and how much I needed her in my life. On my way home from work one night I began to pray. I asked The Lord to let her know how much I needed and loved her. The very next morning she texted me telling me of a dream she had the night before and realized that I still needed her in my life. There are so many more stories just like this I could tell. I am telling you what, if you think prayer does not work or God is not concerned about what we are concerned with……you are completely wrong. He loves us!
On a Tuesday night Bible study, by the way I am a huge fan of for this very reason, my pastor started teaching about God as our mediator. Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” I honestly never had the understanding of Counselor as a mediator before. I thought, counselor as in “shrink”. : ) He began to teach this…it was a moment of AW for me. Jesus was showing me this very thing at exactly that time. It made sense, it all was coming together. I found so much peace in just understanding.
He cares about our relationships. We are required to handle our relationships with care because not only does he love us, he loves everyone and has commanded us to love. Me proving a point with words could cause more harm than good but Him being the GREAT Mediator will work it for our good. We are unable to show his love to others if we do not handle relationships with people carefully. God has called us to be His hands, His feet, His mouth, His arms….we are to be the body of Christ, every part counts. Having healthy relationships in our life actually breathes health/life into us with love, encouragement, and strength, when we are healthy then we can be healthy sowers in the Kingdom. It is hard to be a “good worker” if we, ourselves are unhealthy. It is my desire to be a sower in His Kingdom, however he sees fit. So I will continually seek to please my King, by understanding who He is.
Anita-He’s still working on me, even when it is painful, I am grateful.