“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT)
At my job I work with hundreds of pieces of equipment that are run by PLC’s (Programmable Logic Controllers). They are the minds of these machines. Every once in awhile I have to RESET these PLC’s in order to clear out faults, errors, and unwanted information that is stored. What happens if I don’t clear it out is that the machines begin to operate incorrectly. They are hampered in their operation because of all the clutter.
It is the same in our Christianity. Admit it, when you drive by a place or hear a certain person’s name mentioned, unwanted thoughts enter your head. You begin to dwell on their faults and how you were hurt by them. You begin to conjure up imaginary conversations and how you will get the last word the next time you bump into them.
I can’t tell you what to do, but I will share with you what I have been putting into practice. It’s not easy, but I have to stop my wayward thoughts in their tracks and I start concentrating on Jesus and pray, “Please RESET me Lord!” I then turn the situation around and pray, “Bless them Lord and turn their ship in Your direction!”
What I am suggesting may seem to be in direct conflict with what you feel in every bone in your body, but we have the confidence that it is in direct obedience to what the Word of God commands us. Luke 6:28 tells us, “Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” If we do, Romans 2:6 assures us, “God will repay each person according to what they have done.”
If you begin to practice this RESET process, two things will happen as time goes by. First, you will experience the peace that Jesus has your hurts in His hands rather than you. Second, the more and more you RESET, the easier it gets.
Whether you are a newborn Christian or whether you have been a Christian most of your life, RESETTING your Christianity is the only way to live a victorious life. I believe the reason there are so many miserable Christians around is that they refuse to have their RESET buttons pushed.