Have you ever known a person that brings confusion to any group of which they are a part? I remember someone saying that every time they had a family gathering there was one of their members that would always start something that got everyone at each others throats, and then would leave the table so that someone would have to go after them and try to soothe the situation. I call that trying to get everyone’s attention and I would have to say that is my most un-favorite kind of person. Something else that I really detest is a person that will take something they have heard and repeat it inappropriately which causes more confusion and trouble.
I have noticed on the Social Media pages how people will put all their business out there and you can tell by reading their status with who it is they are angry with, or to whom they are trying to send a “message”, if you know their friends and family. People say things they know will irritate and cause trouble between family members, or friends, which seems to be especially true among the younger generation. Some of the younger people read their former friends and ex-sweethearts pages and then comment, saying something mean or “catty”! We have given ourselves one more way to live in a “Soap Opera” world.
Our young people watch so much “reality” TV that they start acting and dressing like the people they are watching! My granddaughter was laughing behind her hand at me with a friend last week, when I inquired as to why I was so funny, she said, “I was just telling her that you were the original Snooky”, more laughter as I looked up why they would say that. In my defense I have always worn animal print even back when it was printed on polyester, and my hair is naturally black, and I invented eyeliner!
But I digress, James 3:16 says, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” I especially like the way the Message translates it: Vs 13-16 “Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, and live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom; it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.”
There is something else to watch for and that is being confused within your own mind because it isn’t any prettier on you than it is on any one else. It is easy to become confused, I know that sometimes I feel like one of my feet is nailed to the floor because I am going around in circles! That’s when you have to stop, take a deep breath and think about what’s going on in your mind and there are times that I have to stop and make a list to kind of organize everything. Are you thinking about things that are upsetting to you? Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
You may have heard the statement that fear is faith perverted, I think that also applies with confusion is peace perverted! Seek peace! Psalm 55:18 “He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me.” Psalm 85:10 “Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed.” See what good company Peace keeps? Mercy, Truth and Righteousness!
This next verse is especially meaningful to me because I had gotten offended by someone that I loved and trusted. I was so offended with them that when they offered to pray for me, I politely refused. One day this person kindly took me by the hand and talked to me, then quoted this verse, Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing (shall offend them) causes them to stumble.” I immediately was ashamed and I forgave them the offense, it made me feel a lot better! Be peaceful and try to never, ever be the cause of confusion!