Women's Corner | January 2024

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Kingdom Bound Communication

Contributed by Sis Michelle Yisrael

How does one communicate like a servant of God?  Let’s reflect on our attitudes and increase our ability to grow a kingdom mindset. The secret is to think and communicate like an ambassador of Christ. This kind of thinking acknowledges God’s influence on your life, and the words that flow from our mouths are governed by that influence. We encounter God’s peace and the God of peace when we model our lives after the Philippians passages that follow.

Philippians 4:4–9 discusses having a kingdom perspective. It starts in verse 4 by telling us to “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again, I say, Rejoice.” So, attitude is indeed everything. If we are always offended and pissed, we need to check ourselves.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

The passage describes an attitude well pleasing to God. He is interested in all that we say, do, and think. Yet the attitude of a kingdom mindset permeates our thoughts and is a direct mirror of everything we do, say, and think. The adage can also be used to describe a bodily posture that conveys a state of mind or feelings. Brethren once argued over whether praying with a specific “attitude,” such as knelt position, was necessary. The disposition itself, which is a person’s personality, temperament, or frame of mind, is what we usually refer to when we use the term. Sometimes it refers to any action that reveals a person’s character. As an ambassador of Christ, shining your light, let everyone who encounters you know how gentle you are.

The Lord is close by, all the time and he has angels going to and fro in the earth reporting to him what they see and hear. Do not be concerned about anything; instead, make all of your needs known to God in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. Through Christ Jesus, the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds. Finally, brothers, concentrate on all that is true, all that is decent, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is beautiful, all that is well-reported, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, all that is commendable. Do the things that you heard, saw, and learned about The Most High, and the God of peace will be with you. In this passage, the apostle offers some clear guidance on how to keep a God-pleasing disposition.

He suggests that we must have a joyful attitude. “Always rejoice in the Lord. I’ll repeat: “Rejoice!” (v. 4). The terms joy and happiness are frequently used interchangeably, yet there are instances when it is crucial to distinguish between the two. While joy is a deep, inner quality that persists even in awful conditions and really helps to maintain us through those difficult moments, happiness is mostly an external emotional reaction to happy circumstances. Because of this, Jesus was able to remark in Matthew 5:11-12,

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”As they did to the prophets who came before you, rejoice and be extremely joyful, for great is your recompense in heaven.

In reality, the term translated as “blessed” is frequently defined as cheerful or prosperous and with a good attitude ready to communicate with others with a kingdom mindset. There is nothing wrong with feeling dissatisfied when faced with challenges, troubles, and hardships in life; it is normal to do so. Even in times of sadness, Believers can still celebrate. Paul advised us to “rejoice…always.” But how is that even conceivable? We can always be joyful “in the Lord.” Paul explains this in Romans 12:12 when he writes, “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.” Servants of God can be glad in their hope regardless of what happens to them in this life. Has Jesus not said, “For great is your reward in heaven”?  Believers have hope, therefore, we can endure any trials we experience and treat others well not allowing our trials to form attitudes that are hurtful to others.

Also, it is important to be sure to listen attentively to others. When you’re having a conversation, focus on understanding the other person. Pay attention to their body language, tone of voice, and emotions, as well as their words. Don’t judge while you are listening. Do your best to see where they are coming from, even if you don’t agree. By all means, don’t allow venom to come out of your mouth, especially when you believe you are right. Get to know people. Instead of judging them, assuming you won’t like them, or even that they don’t like you, Step out there, reach out, and say hello. Introduce yourself to neighbors, coworkers, or classmates from different backgrounds. Be friendly and curious, and you’ll have an easier time understanding why people act and think the way they do.

Furthermore, look at the world through other people’s eyes. When you find yourself looking down on someone, think about what their life is like and what they’ve been through. Ask yourself how they might be feeling or what they might need right now. Try to imagine how their circumstances have shaped their philosophy about life. Feeling self-righteous all the time makes it harder to understand other people, make friends, form deeper connections, and resolve relationship problems. Luckily, if you’ve realized that you’re too self-righteous, you’ve already taken the first step towards fixing the problem. You can adjust your attitude by forming deeper connections with other people, avoiding biased thoughts, and staying humble about your own viewpoints.

Finally, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8. These two verses are an exhortation to mutual love, and the establishing of this. God has shown us his love since the beginning, he has shown his love to man for generations, and he shows us his love everyday of our lives.  The fact that we wake up every morning is a display of his love.  The fact that the sun comes up everyday and shines on the just and unjust is a display of his love.  There is a lot evidence in each of our lives that shows God’s love for us. Anybody who is truly alive shares the life of God, which is love. The book’s author, the apostle John, does not issue a mandate of love in this passage; instead, he seeks to persuade believers that, since they are indeed God’s children, this reality must be expressed through love for one another. He further argues that since love is an attribute of God, everyone who loves is a child of God.

As yourself, how can I see self-reflection as a way of living and being so that I see my mistakes and my faults and fix them? Think about how you can use self-reflection as a moment-by-moment thing that is always with you, like a heartbeat. How can you use self-reflection as a tool for earning salvation?  Please let us know what your thoughts are. What is a kingdom mindset? What does it entail to believe and behave like a man or woman of God with a kingdom mindset? Leave your comments.