Similar in only the way they sound, giving someone a piece of our mind and allowing Jesus to give us peace of mind are two completely different things. One comes from being fed up and the other comes from being filled up. And both are determined by our appetite (Galatians 6:7-8).
Focusing on one will keep us from focusing on the other regardless of which one we’re talking about. So…
Someone does us wrong – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Matthew 5:43-46)
Our spouse says the wrong thing at the wrong moment – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Ephesians 5:33)
Our boss talks down to us – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Colossians 3:22-25)
Our brother or sister in Christ lets us down – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Ephesians 4:29-32)
Our child does something that completely destroys our trust – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Colossians 3:21)
Our parent does something that completely destroys or trust – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Colossians 3:20)
Our finances, our health and our sense of belonging are getting the better of us – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Job 13:15)
While it may not always be wrong to get fed up (Matthew 23:13-35), being fed up and acting out with the wrong motivation can keep us from being filled up with the peace that comes from having the mind of Jesus (James 1:19-22, Philippians 2:3-5).
So are we more interested in giving others a piece of our mind, or sharing our peace of mind in Christ with them? EA
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)