Filter it through rather than putting a lid on it.
At some point in our lives we have heard or have said, ” put a lid on it”! Putting a lid on it especially problems at home, work, or with friends doesn’t necessarily solve the issue, but can even make the matter at hand even worse.
What are some of these sealed tight lids? Unforgiveness due to a failed marriage or infidelity with another partner. Getting overlooked for a promotion or not getting that dream job or that feeling when a thief steals money or valuables from you. The list is endless.
Bitterness and anger can be the result of sealing things up tight or holding it in for months or even years. We can become explosive with our tongue or behavior. Like boiling water with a lid, what happens is the water overflows all over the stove and the food gets ruined in the meantime. You have to turn down the stove to low or medium and not seal the lid on top of the pan so tight for the water molecules to simmer down.
Rather than seal up things tight, it is best to filter and sort our problems through. This helps to eliminate unwanted issues like air particles in a room to help to clear the air. It’s like using a quality HEPA filter at 99.97% capturing the tiniest of microns. It can be the smallest and mundane things that can build up over time where we can lose our breath or sanity becoming so mad that lifetime friendships are now turned to ashes.
Talking things out in a mature manner or listening is a start to resolving conflicts whether they are inner or outward is a great start.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians” 4:30-32 NIV
My friend may we be honest with ourselves and allow God’s Holy Spirit filter his love in us this day forward.