Monday, February 10, 2020

Playing Spiritual Volleyball

Jesus showed me how to play spiritual volleyball when someone hurt me with their words. It changed my life.

Before he showed me His example I kept my mouth shut when insulted or hurt. I knew it made it worse if I voiced how I was feeling. This created outward peace, but inward turmoil. Often words played on the stage of my mind, and erupted later at the worst time.

Then while I was reading 1 Peter 2:18-24 Jesus showed me what to do with these words. Jesus gave His example on how to deal with insults and pain. I read:

           When he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered,  he threatened not;
           but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously... (1Peter 2:23 KJV).

"What does it meant to commit to Father God who judges righteously?" I asked. Immediately  I saw this vision.

I saw myself throwing a volleyball up into the air so I could wham it over the net to my opponent. But when I hit the ball up it continued like a ballon straight up into heaven and disappeared. I never hit it across the net to my opponent.

I realized the ball represented my words. I was to speak honest words to the Father for Him to judge. I knew the words needed to get out of me, but not at my opponent.

Later a loved ones's words accused me and stabbed me, and I tried Jesus' example.
I spoke the words to the Father that I wanted to say to the person in front of me. Most of my words were not nice or Christian. They were honest. I concluded by saying I would like to hit the person. 

When they twitched in front of me I laughed out loud. I was convinced that an angel had carried out the Judge's verdict, and agreed with me.  I love taking my words to Father's court room and leaving them there. Although I don't always win I always walk away free with a fair verdict. Try it next time words hurt or injure you.