On Mental and Spiritual Sobriety – Musings
I wonder if In the absence of a clear understanding (or revelation) of how God sees those people He so strategically placed in our lives, most of us (thru lack of patience which is a form of anger) mistakenly try to make copies of ourselves into the suffering and afflicted amongst us.
I am learning that before I can help someone deeply, I must first gain spiritual and mental sobriety by coming under this clear divine understanding of people.
Mandela’s mental sobriety stands out to me in a political dimension
I am moved by 1 Peter 5: 3-11: …..not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders.
Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
8 Be sober-minded; be watchful.
Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you