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Big-spirited or Small-spirited?

There is a significant choice each of us make many times each day in the interactions and situations we experience.  We choose to be small-spirited or big-spirited.

What’s the difference in these two approaches to life:

Small-spirited people are:

  • Petty.
  • Critical.
  • Stingy.
  • Jealous.
  • Hyper-sensitive.
  • Suspicious.
  • Resentful.
  • Nitpicking.
  • Retaliators.
  • Self-centered and self-serving.

Big-spirited people are:

  • Generous.
  • Forgiving.
  • Helpful and supportive.
  • Faith-filled and faithful.
  • Gracious and grateful.

The Bible is very clear about the kind of person we are called to be.  Our big-spirited God calls us to become big-spirited people.  In our responsibilities and relationships, God looks for largeness of heart!

Take a look at one passage that challenges us to large living:

“Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.  And do not make God’s Holy Spirit sad; for the Spirit is God’s mark of ownership on you, a guarantee that the Day will come when God will set you free.  Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort.  Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.”  —  Ephesians 4:29-32 (TEV)

What phrase best describes you — small-spirited or big-spirited?  Make a decision to become a big-spirited person.  You’ll have a lot more peace and joy, and you’ll also become a great blessing to others!

Pastor Dale