I have often said that we men are constantly in sensitive training. I often tend to act analytically and my wife acts emotionally. This can bring about conflict and misunderstanding. Having been married for many years, I occasionally need extra sensitivity training – especially at times when I simply don’t get it. I miss opportunities to be sensitive and understanding far more often than I realize.
Paul talks to the church in Ephesus about a different type of “sensitive training”. I need help with this too. Check this out…17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. (Ephesians 4:17-19 NIV)
One of the changes that has taken place in my life and my heart over the past few years is digging into the Word of God each day to seek His Heart. It has been beyond describing a most incredible journey. I find that I still struggle with sin and stupidity as a student of the Word, but I’m better equipped to put sin in its proper place below. I want to rise above the ignorance and stupidity of my past to pursue the heart of God and His will and His call upon my life.
I know what a hard heart feels like. I know what darkened understanding is. I know what futile thinking feels like. I know what sensuality, impurity and greed is. At one time or another, I have represented all of that. I’ve learned that those things lead to a dead-end. I have discovered the life giving love of God. I’ve discovered how different the journey can be when I walk with the Lord and seek His face. As I walk with Him through His Word, I discover that I’m sensitive to His leadership and His direction in every area of my life. I’m more sensitive as a husband, Dad and leader. I want to stay on this journey of persistent pursuit of God’s heart and God’s favor!Pressing On! Dwayne