A six-year-old comes crying to his mother because his little sister pulled his hair. "Don't be angry," the mother says, "Your little sister doesn't realize that pulling hair hurts." A short while later, there's more crying, and the mother goes to investigate. This time the sister is bawling and her brother says, "She knows now."
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV
If we are honest, most of us would like to "teach" some folks a "lesson." Things happen all the time at work, in the neighborhood, and even at church. However, we need to look closer at the situation and maybe, just maybe, God has a lesson for us to learn. First, in "lowliness of mind," for every time we want to teach a lesson, there's probably someone that wants to "teach us a lesson," too. Secondly, our Heavenly Father loves us by teaching us and teaches us by loving us, but we must chose to be the student. Thirdly, if we would put our energy into praying for "those people," God might open our minds and help us understand them and love them. This makes a healthy believer and healthy church. Unwanted "lessons" and backbiting makes unhealthy believers and dysfunctional churches. If only we focused on our spiritual health as much as we do our physical well-being. Here's to your health!