Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong— then guide me on the road to eternal life. (Psalm 139:23, 24 MSG)
Yesterday we wrote on the pettiness of people and how they lose their joy so quickly.
Today, we want to touch on the why.
The main reason people get petty is because they have things in their lives that they do not want to face and deal with, so it is easier to focus on everyone else, instead of dealing with themselves.
When others, (or let’s get more personal) ourselves, start picking out foolish flaws of others we are just avoiding dealing with the BIG issues in our own hearts. We can hide our unforgiveness, our anger, our home life, and our spiritual lives, as long as we distract ourselves and others we are safe from dealing with us.
Petty people are pulling that shell game, and just hope that nobody finds the pea under the shell, especially themselves.
FOCUS ON THE MAJORS That would be our own hearts to make sure that we are in a good place with Christ, and showing His fruit wherever we are, and whatever we are doing.
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, and serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. (Galatians 5:22, 23 MSG)
When you find yourself getting petty, picky, nasty, check inside first, because it is not them with the problem, IT’S US!
When we find others being petty, instead of pulling attitude with them, pray for them. They need your prayer, they are running from issues.
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