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Monday, July 30th, '18

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SENSITIVITY

"And he was angry, and would not go in..." (Luke 15:28)

 

Big brother threw a fit when his prodigal sibling returned to a warm reception after his flesh feast in the "far country". We can empathize with his feelings. After all, he had never disobeyed Dad and worked his tail off with little appreciation. "You never gave me anything", fumed the elder son. We are to weep with them that weep (Romans 12:15) and at times even share in their anger. The Bible doesn't outlaw sensitivity but it does expect us to practice "sense"-itivity. If sensitivity is not important then why are doctors always tapping knees with that reflex hammer? 

 

It is a balance issue. The problem with Adam and Eve, Abram and Sarai, or at least me and my wife, is his insensitivity and her hypersensitivity. There will not be a "one flesh" relationship if we cannot find common ground between those two poles. The prodigal son was insensitive. He could not care less how his dad felt. But the elder brother was hypersensitive because he thought no one else cared how he felt. The former puts up fences, the latter loses all defenses, when a challenge comes to their senses.

 

"Let your reasonableness be recognized by everyone" (Philippians 4:5 Centenary Translation). To be reasonable you have to be able to reason things out. That is what I mean by being "sense"-itive. The last mentioned "fruit of the Spirit" is not the least, self-control. The elder brother "would not go in". Well isn't that mature! He sat by the brook and skipped rocks while his little brother fitted his new robe and ring and danced with all his friends. Hyper-anything is not good, hyper-criticalness, hyper-faith, hypertension, hypothyroid...

 

Bring it all into perspective. Shoot for balance. Fight off the mood swings. Try to keep the spiritual thermostat set at seventy-two degrees. It is healthy to be in touch with your senses. I don't ever want to go back to living in a straitjacket, unable to love or be loved. I may be ignorant of others' feelings and negligent in responding on time, but I sure do not want to be indifferent. You can lean on a brick wall but you can't hold hands with one. God, forgive me of any insensitivity, of ever being a wall! But there is the opposite extreme, crying spells. I love the feeling of catharsis, of being flushed clean on the inside. Jesus wept and He wept often, but His were never tears of depression. Some people are gifted by God with hair-trigger discernment and sensitivity. It takes little to trip their alarm system. They feel and they feel deeply. That is good. I've known those feelings, so have you. But carried to the extreme the whole insides get the jitters and the reactor threatens a meltdown, if not shutdown. I refuse to believe the answer is Zoloft. That stuff can loft off to the zoo. Trust is the best pill. Jesus has it all in control. As often quoted, all things work together for good to them that love God. He has pioneered the path to peace. Walk it...down the middle of the road, not swerving to the shoulders.


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