Monday, November 8, 2010

The Lion And The Lamb

Then one of the elders said to me, "Stop weeping"!  See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has won.  He can open the scroll and break its seven seals. And there between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders, I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, Who have been sent into all the earth. Revelation 5:5-6

The characteristics of the lion are totally different from those of the lamb, yet the Lord is recognized as having both qualities.

Someone once gave me a picture of a lion and a lamb lying down together, and it reminds me that I am suppossed to be a good, godly mixture of both qualities. I never had any trouble with the lion part, but I had a lot of trouble with the lamb part  When we need to communicate with someone, especially concerning confrontational issues, we should first pray for God's grace and mercy to annoint us as lion-hearted lambs.  Then we should wait until we have balance in our perspective and our approach.

It is a challange not to defend yourself when someone comes against you.  It is difficult to ignore insults and shun retaliation. Sometimes I find that one of the hardest things God asks us to do is to be Christ-like in our communication with others.  When people are rude and tell you off, mistreat or insult you, it is hard to look at them with godly love and just wait on God.

Thank God He gives us the power to change and to become like Christ.  A healthy person who knows when to be a lion and when to be a lamb.

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