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What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do!

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To do!

By Joel B.

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

People are often caught in situations where they just don’t know what to do, so I thought it would be a good idea to address these type of situations from a biblical framework. Let’s take this a step further and use a hypothetical situation of an unruly child so I can give examples.

There are three things you need to do. First, take some time to pray about the situation. Second, give the situation to the Lord. Finally, apply the fruit of the Spirit.

Prayer is a powerful weapon. In fact, it is part of the full armor of God mentioned in Ephesians 6. It gives us a chance to take a break and humble ourselves before the Lord. We can then use this as an opportunity to refocus ourselves while meditating on the Lord.

Next, giving the battle to the Lord guarantees it’s going to be won because a battle that belongs to the Lord can’t be lost. Our God is omniscient and can certainly handle any situation. So, giving our situation to the Lord gives us the Perfect Ally.

Okay, now we’re going to start plugging the fruit of the Spirit into our hypothetical situation of an unruly child.

Love – Lets first start by loving the child and knowing that they are a being created for God’s purpose. God doesn’t want them to be unruly, and is willing to forgive them if they seek forgiveness, just as we should also be willing to forgive.

Joy – Find joy in that child. Remember the good times you have with the child when they are not being unruly. Think of the potential to experience joy again with the child if you can get them to change

Peace – Find peace knowing that God is on your side. You have already prayed and given the battle to Him. Know that the situation is temporary and joy will come in the morning.

Longsuffering – Be patient with the child and know that unruliness is common with children. You were probably unruly about something when you were a child. Maybe something is going on that needs to be addressed.

Gentleness – Consider politely asking the child about their attitude. Gently probe with questions to find out what might be bothering them and ask if there is something you can do to help. Maybe it’s not a situation that requires discipline, but rather assistance.

Goodness – Let the child see Christ in you. Be careful not to offend, and treat the child with integrity.

Faith – Have faith that God is with you and the child and that things will get better.

Meekness – Humble yourself and try to empathize with the child. Find out what is really going on. If their unruliness is because of something they feel you have done, consider asking them how you can reconcile the situation.

Temperance – Be slow to anger. Listen to what they have to say and don’t shut the unruly child out.

So, there we have walked through a situation on “what to do when you don’t know what to do” by praying, giving the battle to God, and applying the fruit of the Spirit to the situation. Of course, there are many types of situations that can occur. I would suggest making a list and walking through it like I did in this article if you are struggling with something. Following a biblical framework will always lead to positive results, especially when we plug God and prayer into the situation. Thank you for reading and God bless.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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