Luke 12:13 And on of the company said unto Jesus, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And Jesus said unto him, Man who made me a judge or a divider over you?
And he said unto them, Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Woah! Wasn’t that his portion? Sure, the Lord wasn’t disputing his claim, just disputing whether it was something to dump on the Lord. “Lord, why don’t you make those people behave?”
Martha came up to the Lord one day and rebuked him! Why do you let Mary hang around listening to the conversation? You should have sent her out to help me with the cumbersome labor.
I am a terrible co-dependent and hate to set limits. I would love to make it God’s business to set limits for me like a giant genie in a bottle to do my bidding.
Jesus is telling these people and me that we should first look to our bad attitude. In the first case he was coveting, Martha was moaning and groaning over all the work she had to do. In my case I am attaching my worth to making everyone happy, rather than to God’s approval.
So when I am upset at ANYONE, I need to go to the Lord and ask him to show me what I need to deal with inside my own heart. Then I need to go to the person I have an issue with and seek a solution. I need to value the person and the relationship over the issue. Agree to disagree and like each other I Corinthians 6:7 Now I am utterly at fault in my relationships. Why do I not rather take wrong and let myself be defrauded? I am not to go to church and pretend to worship God when there is a relationship to mend. Matthew 5:24. I need to go to my brother with a good attitude that I think that I am right but could be wrong so I need to go to him and listen and seek solutions. I we still don’t agree (I might still be wrong) so take a neutral third party, if he still won’t agree (I might still be wrong) so bring it to the church to decide. Matthew 18:15
I need to pray for help in doing my part but before I get upset at the Lord for letting the situation arise and not fixing it, I need to take heed to myself and do my part.