Tuesday, May 29, 2012

From the Places of Lack

I had the opportunity to pray with a precious friend.  There was a matter weighing heavily on my mind that was beginning to hurt my relationship with the Lord.  I couldn't seem to let a suffered wrong go and it was "eating my lunch" and causing my heart to turn cold towards the Lord.  You see, you can't harbor a resentment and bitterness towards someone and still remain tenderhearted.

My wise sweet friend
My friend ministered to me that there are times when people treat us badly from a place of lack in their lives.  They are empty and missing the fruit of a rich relationship with the Lord.  As soon as she spoke those words, I felt the Lord was speaking through her, directly to my heart.  I knew in an instant that she was right.  When people lack an emotional or spiritual bond with the Lord, they have to fill it with something.  And sometimes they see in you what they lack and it causes them to do and say hurtful things.

All day long, I reflected on my friend's wisdom.  The words "a place of lack" kept rolling around in my spirit.  Soon, I found that my heart had softened and I was tender towards the Lord again.  I was able to look at the offending party through God's eyes and pray for them.  I won't say that it's easy to deal with this person now, but I have peace and am praying for victory in the situation.  I don't mean victory over this person.  I mean that this person will have victory in their life.  They will be able to find in the Lord what they need to fill the lack in them.  We will have victory in our relationship and God will be glorified.

If there are people in your life who are lacking in something, whether it be compassion, kindness, gentleness or meekness, pray that the Lord fill every empty place in them.  Ask Him to come in like a flood and make them whole!  As you pray for them, the Lord will minister to you and give you a peace that passes all understanding.  I'm so grateful to my friend for letting the Lord minister to me through her.
God is good!

From His Lap,



20 comments:

  1. Amen Erin, sometimes the Lord will bring someone to to minister to us, and we know its not them but the Lord letting up know what to do, I have been there many times through my walk with the Lord. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. God is so faithful, Pamela! He knows just what we need and when we need it! Thanks for stopping by!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  2. Precious wisdom. You are so right. Bill Gothard says, "When we voluntarily invest something of value in the life of the one who has offended us, we move from true forgiveness to true love." It sets us free. May the Lord use your love for the one who has offended you to show them the way to true freedom.

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    1. I love that quote, Anne. Thanks so much for sharing it with me. It fully explains what I was trying to say! I'm so glad you came by!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  3. Though I'm not a Christian, I am sure this message hold of every human. I have been there many times in life, have been flabbergasted at how life took over from there!

    Thank You for an inspiring post.

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by! God will always send someone across our path who will speak to our hearts and our situations so that we can move forward and be whole!
      ~Erin

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  4. What a wonderful message, Erin. I've never thought to pray for what people need in terms compassion, kindness but it's the right thing to do :)

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    1. I think you're right, Anne. When we pray for them, it takes our mind off of the hurts and pain they've caused us and it allows an opening for God to move in their lives. That's the best way to respond, for them and us!
      I'm so glad you came by!
      ~Erin

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  5. Praying for those that have offended us is one of the greatest signs of Christ like love. knowing the kind of person you are, I'm not surprised that you can do this. HUGS

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  6. Thank you, Becky. It's not easy or fun. But I want to live radically...radical love, radical joy and radically giving grace. I can live no other way!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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    1. You might like this, or maybe you've already read it:
      http://michaelhyatt.com/faithful-is-the-new-radical.html

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    2. OMG, Becky, I just wrote a post on living an intentional radical life before I saw this link you posted here! Isn't God good to confirm!!!!
      Thank you for sharing,
      ~Erin

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  7. Erin... Oh how I can relate! You are blessed to have such a wonderful friend that is in tune to your needs. WHat a true blessing. God has a way of putting the right people in your path when you need them, doesn't he? God Bless you my sweet {blogging} friend.

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  8. Amen, Carla. I'm so grateful when others and myself are obedient to the Lord and speak out His ministering words!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  9. I have a weird relationship with a friend I feel this really relates to. I try to be and do the right thing yet it never seems enough for her. I often get the cold shoulder from her when life circumstances leave me forced to make decisions she doesn't agree with. I keep telling myself and hearing others tell me to drop her and run because it's not healthy to have people in your life that don't love you 100%, but rather only when they get their way. I'm just not built to be one who drops and runs. I wonder...is there such a thing as a silent bully? Perhaps that's what I'm up against. I will be praying over this for sure.

    Blessings my friend,
    ~Rosann

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    1. Rosann, you are so sweet. You could never be one to drop and run! But there are people who are silent bullies. And we do not have to let oursevles be bullied. But we can still pray for those people and desire God's best for them. You bless me so much!
      ~Erin

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  10. Erin – this was so wonderful to read. And for you to post my pic! I had to giggle thinking readers will say, “oh yeah – it’s the lack lady!!!” HA!

    It was a privilege to pray with my friend. As always. I love it when we lift each other up. We need to remember to do this because God is always faithful.

    Still praying for you!!! Our God will supply all our need!!!
    Dianne

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  11. Erin – this was so wonderful to read. And for you to post my pic! I had to giggle thinking readers will say, “oh yeah – it’s the lack lady!!!” HA!

    It was a privilege to pray with my friend. As always. I love it when we lift each other up. We need to remember to do this because God is always faithful.

    Still praying for you!!! Our God will supply all our need!!!
    Dianne

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  12. what a kind and beautiful friend.
    there have been people in my life that have had complete lack of heart and compassion. where some are no longer in my life, i pray for them to find peace and discover what truly matters in life.
    i'm so glad you're feeling well and strengthened more and more by your faith, Erin.
    xoxox
    maria

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