Recently I shared my struggles with being an over-reactive Mom in a post titled: Are You An Over-Reactive Mom? I love how God continues to teach and give help when He is working on my heart in a specific area. I was so excited Sunday night when our pastor announced the title sermon! He gave an excellent message that addressed the topic of being over-reactive, and what he shared is a great encouraging follow-up for those of us who fall into that “over-reactive mom” category,
The sermon focused on Peter, one of the disciples who definitely had a tendency to over-react! Being prone to quickly over-reacting has some negatives, and isn’t usually a good thing. However, in the sermon our pastor pointed out some positives that Peter showed, or strengths of those who are over-reactive.
3 Strengths of Those Who Are Over-Reactive:
1. Immediate obedience
Matthew 4:19 – Jesus said “follow Me”, and Peter immediately left his nets and followed.
2. Impassioned commitment
Luke 22:33 – Peter told Jesus he was willing to go with him to prison and to death.
3. Implicit trust
Matthew 14:28,29 When Jesus bid Peter to walk on the water, he got out of the ship and started walking!
I love how these points show the parallel strength that goes with the weakness of over-reacting!
The other important thing I took from his sermon was HOW TO CALM OVER-REACTION:
*The 0pposite of over-reacting is stability. Stability calms extreme reactions. Instability causes extreme reactions. Everything WE do leads to instability; everything God does leads to stability.
God stabilizes us when:
*We follow His example of humility (pride often makes us over-react)
*We listen to His warnings
*We treat others with the grace which He has treated us with.
These thoughts were encouraging to me, the sometimes over-reactive mom! I’m so glad that when we let God be in control, He stabilizes us. Aren’t you?