God on Monday
I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.
The Christian life involves love, service and transformation through our engagement with God and with those we encounter daily, including through our work. Being relational in this way requires us to manage our thoughts and emotions. Yet we face a significant spiritual battle in our minds, as this is where the enemy seeks our compliance.
The Bible warns about double-mindedness (James 1:6-8) and about the lies the enemy tries to feed into our internal narratives. If we fail to ‘take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ’ (2 Corinthians 10:5) we risk allowing Satan to influence emotional responses and to break down relationships. Workplaces are as full of such breakdowns as families and voluntary associations.
Do you manage your thoughts and emotions, or do they control you? What lies are you allowing to impact your ability to build healthy relationships? You may, for instance, be allowing a belief that you are not good enough to make you critical or jealous of others. Take time to ask God, ’Is there a lie I am believing about myself?’ As God responds, receive the healing of which the Psalmist speaks by rejecting the lie in favour of the truth.
Lord, thank you that Christ within us combats the schemes Satan tries to play in our minds. Help us this week to be mindful of how you see and love us. Guard our hearts and minds against all internal narratives that contradict this. Grant us the emotional healing we need to build healthier, stronger and more loving relationships.
To understand and develop your emotional intelligence, you might like to read Karen Kircher’s new book, Emotional Intelligence: Change your Thinking, Get More from Life (available here).
Karen Kircher, Director, Leading Leaders
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