How many times have you had an interaction with someone, and you immediately regret how you’ve handled the situation? I think this happens all too often for many of us, but let me share a story with you about a recent interaction I had and how it changed by living a lifestyle of worship:

About a month ago, I was getting ready to see someone that I hadn’t seen in about 3 years. It was someone that had caused me a lot of pain, someone that has deeply hurt my heart and my family. My old self (and most of society) would have told me to meet this person with anger and to make them feel exactly how they’ve made me feel time and again. However, God saw this as an opportunity for change and helped me see the same. I spent months in prayer about this moment. I spent hours asking God to help me meet this person with grace. But, it wasn’t until I started actively leading a life of worship that I could let go of everything that had transpired with us. I spent time with God in stillness and by giving Him the worship, the thankful heart, and the open soul He deserves.

When I finally met this person, I was able to hug them, to erase some of the pain that had been caused, and allow them to feel the grace of God that they would not have received otherwise. They were coming into the lion’s den, and instead of being a lion, I was an extension of who God has been for me.

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24.

-Jacki Alward