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Keeping short accounts

Posted by appolus on November 8, 2020

Keeping short accounts. This is one of the most vital aspects of our walk with Christ. The Scriptures tell us to be angry and sin not, but not to let the sun go down on our anger. Letting the sun go down on our anger is like a beaver putting one more stick in the dam. One more stick in the river. It keeps building and building and it slowly begins to choke of the water. Stick by stick, offense by offense, laying on top of one another, rising up into something bigger and bigger and bigger. Unresolved issues permeating our hearts and affecting every part of who we are.

There comes a point when the river is dammed up. It is no longer flowing. It is going to take an almighty effort now to break that dam and when it is broken, it comes rushing down in torrents, full of flooding power and debris. It is a big mess. It is so important that there is not this kind of buildup, that there is always a free flowing river, for this is the river of life that flows from the throne of grace straight to your heart. It is the source of your joy and strength in the Lord. This is the river that makes glad the hearts of the saints.

So keep a short account. If you fall out with your husband or your wife, do not let the sun go down on that situation. First, forgive them or ask for forgiveness depending upon the situation. And then put flesh on that forgiveness. It could simply be a kiss on the cheek. A cup of coffee. Reaching out and holding their hand. A warm smile. Very small things in the bigger picture of life, but sometimes an incredibly hard obstacle to overcome. Do it. It is the manifestation of forgiveness. It is your forgiveness made flesh. It is a proof and a seal to the work that has been done in your heart. It is so often a bridge over a chasm that has opened up.

Keeping a short account is to keep the river of life flowing. It is a spiritual artery from heaven that brings life giving sustenance straight to your heart. The condition of your heart is the most vital aspect of your walk with Jesus. It is from the heart that the issues of life flow forth. If it gets dammed up you have choked yourself of from that abundant life. It is hard to survive living on trickle, it is spiritual death when the river has dried up.

Get of the roller coaster of highs and lows, trickles and floods and life sapping drama. Instead, keep the river flowing. Make no mistake, it is by an act of our will and obedience to the Word of God and the still small voice that keeps us well watered. Start today saints and flow in the waters of life.

3 Responses to “Keeping short accounts”

  1. Keeping a short account is a good way of describing how we should never harbour resentments in our heart. We all have unresolved issues from the past as well as unresolved issues in the present. Isolation has been beneficial in providing space in which to reflect. It has allowed God’s grace to flow in to me in a measured way, convicting me of attitudes and habits that need to be discarded. In the process it has induced a sense of calmness and quietness that I might not have otherwise enjoyed. At certain points in our lives we need to review the direction we are going in and if we handle it right it enhances our walk with Jesus, deepening our faith, our hope and our love. The down side of isolation is that I cannot reach out, face to face, to bring Christian compassion to others. I can do this only with words, at a distance. But just as we receive God’s love and consolation through his word, so we too can transmit that same love and consolation to others in words. This is what being a Christian disciple is all about. It is not about whether or not we can attend church in lockdown or at any other time, however valuable that is. Rather, it is about ‘being’ ekklesia (Christ’s community) in whatever way we can. We carry Christ around with us, just as the Ark of the Covenant was carried round in ancient Israel. We have no need of visible props to sustain our faith, only the power of the Holy Spirit residing in us as vessels of Christ’s love, and we commune with God in daily prayer. As members of the worldwide community of the Remnant, our words are powerful testaments that bring encouragement and comfort to our brothers and sisters in Christ, and with the grace of God we can persuade others to enter the fold. ‘What is good has been explained to you, man; this is what the Lord asks of you: only this, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God’ (Micah 6.8 JB).

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