“People will be lovers of themselves…boastful, proud, abusive…ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited…Have nothing to do with such people.” 2Timothy 3:2-5 NIV
Read: 2Timothy 3:2-9
It is said, there are two types of controlling people. One is like the king on his throne. He rules as he alone decides. His way is the only way or at least it is the best way as he perceives it, since he is never wrong and never can be questioned. His actions are absolute and he cares little about others.
The other controlling person is motivated by his desire to fix everything. He takes control of things that are wrong or people who need help and he rules the situation in order to help. This person takes control in order to protect others from the wrong things that can happen. He cares, sometimes, too much. Often, he takes on so much, he works to control so many things he is physically and emotionally exhausted.
We all fit into one of these two personalities at one time or another. Which one are you? Are you right, even when you are wrong? Are you never wrong or are you stepping into situations that in truth you can never fix? Only GOD is never wrong. Only GOD has absolute control.
Peter was a controlling person motivated to fix things. That may be the reason JESUS selected him. But, too much of a good thing in excess may not be all that good. When JESUS was arrested, it was Peter who drew his blade and cut off the servant’s ear.
Are you like Peter attempting to do good…sometimes to no benefit to others or do you prefer to be the king whom no one should ever question? Now might be the right time to talk to JESUS about what you should or should not do. Easy on the desire to control!
Today’s prayer: “JESUS, MY LORD, Thank you for watching over me. Please give me judgment and wisdom in all that I do. Help me use my power to help responsibly and never to rule over others. Amen. ”