Day 25
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A Right Response

Scripture

While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him.—Luke 22:47-51

There are two striking interactions in this scripture.

The first is the interaction of Judas. Judas intends to betray Jesus with a customary greeting—a kiss. And Jesus confronts Judas headlong and essentially calls out publicly what he has tried to conceal privately. This betrayal had to sting, even though Jesus knew it was coming. And if you have ever been betrayed by someone you've trusted, then you know how this feels. If not, imagine investing selflessly in someone for a couple of years and then being betrayed for personal gain. The pain feels like you just got the emotional wind knocked out of you.

The other interaction is the violent act of Peter, who cuts off the ear of the high priest’s servant. I think that most of us, if we are honest, find this action protective and thus admirable. While, in this case, we witness a loyal disciple who is willing to fight for his master; this act of aggression is not what was needed. And thus, Jesus responds not with hostility but with compassion, love, and healing. One again, Jesus performs an unexpected miracle in a rather tense moment to change the mood of a rather challenging moment.

We all experience days like this. Days filled with a mixture of emotions that demand a response. Sometimes our feelings carry us away, and we end up acting vengefully toward unsuspecting people. The pain that is buried deep inside tends to be directed at the wrong people the wrong way. Jesus shows us here that while the challenge presents itself, it is not impossible to hurdle. We need to keep our eyes fixed on the prize, the mission, and the end goal. We need to realize that along the way; we will encounter obstacles that will elicit some emotion. But don’t let your feelings detract you from the mission.

This week we are focusing on the discipline of accountability.

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Pray: for 5-minutes, and ask forgiveness for wrong responses to your emotions and ask for God's guidance.
  • Invite: a man for guidance on how to handle these emotional moments.
  • Share: below one man who you need to ask for advice in the area of your emotions.

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108 thoughts on “A Right Response

  1. Mike Sirignano says:

    I need to speak to Pastor Doug about how to handle my flesh when it comes to other believers selfishness.

  2. Ben says:

    I need to ask my accountability partner Ryan for guidance on how to handle my emotions of anger and frustration with people when dealing with this pandemic.

    • Jesse says:

      Brother to be accountable with my response and actions for a progressive well-being today and for what’s to come.

  3. Dan Boswell says:

    No man or woman are perfect, because we are all human. But I trust a woman to temper my response, my reaction. Her name is Virginia

  4. Jim Butterfield says:

    My friend and Son Josh is the most level headed man I know. I have learned more about grace from him than any other person I know.

  5. Seth says:

    I need to ask my coach/mentor about dealing with stress, panic, and fear that is being spread with everything going on. I need advice on how to become a leader, or a light for others during these dark times.

  6. Stan says:

    This is a powerful reminder of the importance of prioritization and learning to focus on the essentials of life in Christ; forgiveness, sanctification, and edification… i will have to get with my brother Kelvin for accountability…

  7. Paul Leininger says:

    It has been a tense time in these last few weeks and I have had moments of intense reaction at times for which, Jesus, I ask for your forgiveness for not applying compassion and healing to those moments. Thank you for your loving conviction to bring me close to your heart.

  8. Eric Jensen says:

    I am convicted that I need to ask mt boss again for forgiveness for a wrong response, even though I already did. I will in faith go again and do this.

  9. David C says:

    Ironically I prayed this am, with my brother in Christ, Dr Craig M., about today’s exact challenge, before even hearing /knowing about today’s challenge !

    Our prayer: “Lord Jesus, do not let my disappointment, anger, sadness and frustration in dealing with my stubborn, unreceptive, ritualistic, ‘religious’ unsaved family members, interfere with Your Perfect Timing & Your (heart-changing) Ways. May I cling to the Truth that You want none to perish & that You are the only One who can perform the spiritual heart transplants needed to bring my family & many others to You – “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” ‭‭
    Ezekiel‬ ‭36:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Help me to wait patiently upon You and to simply be salt and light to those You put in my path. May I decrease, so that You can increase in my life ~ its all about You and Your Unwavering Faithfulness ~ in JesusName we pray(ed).

  10. Ricj says:

    My friend Tom is a wise compassionate man who has emotions but seems to use them properly. We as men tend to stifle emotions but this in itself is an emotion. God gave us emotions just don’t let them drive the bus.

  11. Bill Higley says:

    Well, I needed this today. I’ve spent the last hour (yes, it’s 8 now) trying to figure out who royally messed something up in line of direct reports. It needs to be fixed, and I need to not respond emotionally. I think I will need to put someone’s ear back on today–figuratively. Before reading this, my response was not going to be as Christ-like.

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  12. Joe Middleton says:

    I am filled with these roller coaster of emotions daily. I am tired of living this way and I know God has it all and me in his hand. I just need to learn to FULLY TRUST him and his plan he has for me.

  13. Ching says:

    I need to ask my co-worker Devin how he always keep his cool, and rarely get mad at anyone even when someone is really mean and nasty.

  14. robert plantz says:

    emotions are a two-edged sword for me. On one hand, I can be very rational even un-emotional, on the other, emotions buried deep down have a tendency to bubble up and cause me consternation, stress and even pain. it is in those times where I find myself at a loss and need help and prayer.

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  15. Jeff Brown says:

    My response should be of noble character having confidence and wisdom and mercy from Jesus direction. Because I belong to the kingdom of God and am born into nobility.

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  16. Lewis Thompson says:

    Alan, It’s just you and me. I know there have been times when I would have cut off an ear of a betrayer like Peter did for his Savior. But the best antidote for this type of aggression for me is to pray my way through it.

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  17. Dave Benson says:

    Vince’s devo has good timing as we are dealing with a mixture of emotions as we are sheltering in place. What a perfect opportunity for us as brothers to reach out with compassion to one another in a time most needed. Jesus wants to use us so He can perform miracles in hearts, ours included. I like how Vince states “Don’t let your feelings distract you from the mission.”! Blessings brothers!

  18. Duc says:

    Ask my brother in Christ- Kirk to keep me accountable on my daily walk with Christ and focus on the unshakable things/matters rather than holding on to all of the shakeable things/matters.

  19. Darin Palmer says:

    I have reached to two brothers in Christ. I’m looking forward to speaking to both on how to handle the emotions with dealing with a stepson and how to reach him.

  20. John Wilson says:

    Al Fast would have be a great choice to go to for this advice. He exemplified being “slow to anger”

  21. Dale Nerison says:

    I do not handle emotionally charged conflict well. In basketball or sports I could use it to elevate my game to another level. But with words I clam up and go silent.

  22. Chris Teti says:

    I had a little snap this morning with my kids messing around when they needed to be getting ready for home schooling. Second, I had to go to the post office to mail rent (which I am now unemployed now because of this virus) and my mask broke along the way. I needed to slow down and take am moment to calm down and seek the word of God which I did. I am now receptive to hearing this message.

  23. Cory Bullock says:

    This goes two ways for me, I have men in my life that I feel both I have let down and vice versa that I would like to repair things with and there are a few other men that I know I could come to for the best advice on how I’m handling something. Chase / Karl

  24. Dave says:

    I had reactions as well towards those closest to me in unhealthy ways.
    I need to talk to Ben Dodd and pastor Ken about my emotions

  25. Rich says:

    I will reach out to my brother, (let’s call him ‘T’) for guidance on an issue that has arisen during this shelter-in-place situation.

  26. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    Vince points out something I have been guilty of and need to recognize early in an emotional time or discussion “Sometimes our feelings carry us away, and we end up acting vengefully toward unsuspecting people. The pain that is buried deep inside tends to be directed at the wrong people the wrong way.”
    Our wives, children and family members (for the most part) are our allies not our enemy. Satan desires to destroy our family relationships in order to destroy our testamony of Christ in our lives. Patience and Controlled emotions, that’s my prayer Lord so as not to hurt those closest to me.

  27. Dan says:

    In these day’s of trying to adjust to the “New Normal” , which I think remains in process, I experience a mix of emotions every day.
    Like many of us, the past few days have brought news of someone close to me with hospitalization with the virus. We have been blessed with GOD answering our prayers and improving news in the last day. I find great comfort in scripture- Mathew 6:25-34
    Keeping my eyes on the prize!

  28. Peter says:

    I confess my sin of self-righteousness which leads me to judge others and I ask God to grow me in grace in my attitude and relationships.

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  29. Ross says:

    It is a worthy topic, and I have prayed for guidance. It’s a longer project to find another man to go this deep with.

  30. Alan Hendrickson says:

    The more I get into Gods word. The more my emotions change.. when I am pressured or surprised I tend to respond in a less positive way. I need God to continue to change my heart..

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  31. G says:

    I do not have many Christian men in my life whom I can ask for advice. As of now, I am going to lean on God to bring these men into my life as well as lean on Him and listen to him as I go throughout my journey. I pray that God can guide me to handle my emotions. Anger and sadness can lead me to not be myself and can negatively impact my actions as well as my spiritual feelings. I need to trust in God and know that any issues I am having that are causing these feelings will pass. I also continue to pray for God’s guidance as he opens up my future and decides where I am going to land next year. God, I give it all to you and pray you will lead me where I am supposed to be. I will continue to pray every single day until I hear from you and my prayer is answered.

  32. John says:

    My brothers in my groups tell me to pray about it, so take it to the Lord Jesus. Also, my wife as we stood and made the promise in front of the Lords bride the church asking the Lord to journey with us.

  33. Jon Brady says:

    I’m thankful for my Brother in Christ, Shawn. He models good self control and is always willing to serve others. I definitely need better self control especially when I’m frustrated or upset. I struggle to find inner joy and peace.

  34. Mr. Bret says:

    We often forget Jesus healed Judas’ ear after betrayal. Lord, help me respond in kindness to those who’ve done far less to me.

  35. Anthony Meschke says:

    Not sure who to talk to. Need to continue forgiving some people for turning on us unexpectedly.

  36. David Luevano says:

    Fred, I will ask him for guidance and prayer on how to have patience before responding to a situation.

  37. Rafael Dixon says:

    It depends on what my emotions are about. All in all my dad is someone I can or will call for everything. Thank you Jesus for my earthly dad!

  38. Nick says:

    Honestly I don’t know who to turn to here on earth. I’m not sure there is anyone I trust with the exception of my pastor and elders. There is no one close to me in life that I can turn to for guidance.

  39. Stephen Michael Donmoyer says:

    I offend find myself in some form of prayer during the day, several times daily in which to keep my anger in check. My son Tim calls me daily in which I can share the errors of my ways to aid him in making the same errors. In reflecting on these issues, we both learn different ways to deal with life’s challenges and to reject Satan’s traps.

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  40. Chee Khiam Tay says:

    What Jesus did was very admirable and I will find it impossible to do. Thinking about the big picture of being christian that we have also a mission like Jesus to reach out to a lost world is one way to deal with the feeling of being betrayed or wronged. I thank God that Jesus was in a much worse place many times worse than me , He understands my feeling so help me God.

  41. Jonathan Robertson says:

    My twin brother and eameal are the two people i turn to for support and advice.
    I often let my emotions distract me from a goal. I have to be vigilant in work settings not to take comments personally, but to stay focused on the objective.

  42. Nate says:

    I’m not really sure what this means. I have some guys who I can go to when I have issues with emotions, but I’m not a super emotional guy.

  43. Troy Theye says:

    My best friend Shane since 4th grade. We have always been there either way and being very practical when it comes to God!!!!

  44. Jay Wegiel says:

    I truly believe that by staying in very close conscious contact with our Lord as well as a very continuous fellowship with several different brothers and sisters my emotions very rarely, very rarely, get the best of me. Just ask my wife or anyone close to me for that matter. I consider this a blessing from God. He’s helped me to develop a reflex to turn to Him as soon as emotions start to rise. THANK YOU LORD!!!

  45. Dave says:

    I have been engaging Tom for over a year on having the proper temperament and emotional response for areas that present a challenge in my life.

  46. Christopher Keeper says:

    Tony Blue, recently I needed that reminder, his advise of keeping quiet helped resolve a bad moment that the enemy was in clear control

  47. Eddie says:

    I need to ask my dad for advice on how to handle emotions because my brothers have done A LOT of acting out since they left high school and he has responded with grace that I don’t know if I could muster.

  48. Charles Culver says:

    Not having a father when I was growing up made it a little difficult as a young man. Today, my uncle is the man I reach out to and when he can’t help me he always tells me to talk to your heavenly Father.

  49. LAVON C LAMBERTY says:

    The desporation from our sin often cllouds our abiliity to keep our eye on the Prize. That being living in right relationship with our LORD and those around us.

  50. Denny says:

    Several years ago, someone did not measure up to my expectations. Though we parted with apologies and kind words, I carry this experience with me. I have prayed for forgiveness and for God to take away this pain but it remains in the back of my mind and pops up occasionally. Please pray for healing between Jeff and I.

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