You’re reading PART 2 of “You’re So Sensitive.” If you haven’t read part one, you can find it HERE!
PART 2 is so important because, for all the information available, the transformation industry, and wisdom out there to help us transform our lives; true and lasting transformation only comes from one place…God and His Word/Truth. And only the Holy Spirit has that information. We see that here in 1 Corinthians 2: 6-12.
1 Corinthians 2: 6-12 (NKJV) (Emphasis mine)
“However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”
I pray prayers like, “Holy Spirit, your word says that only You know the things of God and you’ve been given to me so please open my eyes to why I do this or that and what you think about it and give me the strength to forsake it or the grace to understand it.” In the past, my sensitivities have caused others hurt and pain and that grieves me. When I realize that, I know that I need to forsake that way and walk another way. But, a lot of times, I don’t know what that way is. But God knows so I seek Him to heal that part of me and make restitution to those I’ve wounded if He calls for that.
In point #2 [Don’t buy into the judgments of others] from PART 1 of “You’re So Sensitive”, I told you I was going to elaborate on the fact that your being sensitive is no mistake. It’s actually on purpose! My hope is that this message can get through to you while you’re still young and not discount yourself for decades like I did.
I allowed the judgments and abuse of others to talk me into believing that my sensitivity was a curse not a blessing and I paid for it dearly. But I wasn’t the only one who paid a price. My children and those I love and influence the most missed out on a powerful part of me that I tried endlessly to hide and shut off. My heart grieves for that loss, but I still have a lot of life left to not make that mistake again! 🙂
This next point is so important so don’t skip over it.
God is the giver of life. He created you in His image. Male and Female. He created you. He knit you together. If you’ve ever knit or crocheted you can get an image of what that’s like in your mind. Psalm 139 tells the beautiful tale of your life before you ever lived it. Let’s look at just a few of those verses. I encourage you to read the entire Psalm at THIS LINK.
Psalm 139: 13-16 NKJV (Emphasis mine)
“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.”
I love that in verse 15! We were skillfully wrought! The word “wrought” there means “worked, fashioned, shaped and formed”. Every part of your personality and make up is skillful. God was skillful about it. God didn’t just throw into your mother’s womb and hope for the best. The word in verse 13 for “covered” is “wove”. Think of how a tapestry is made. Every thread is woven together carefully and with purpose in every movement. That excites me and brings value and worth to me as a person.
This, my darlings, is what is missing in so many of our lives. A sense of value and worth; we don’t value who God made us be! We’d rather squeeze ourselves into someone else’s mold to be accepted by them instead of celebrating and accepting ourselves!!!
I had an experience the other day when I was looking at a picture of my grandson when he was middle school age. I know that when he was in middle school he experienced bullying. He is a beautiful, sensitive soul and I can relate to his experience because of my own bullying as a kid. As I stared at the picture, I became so angry at those who hurt him. And that anyone would take advantage of such a tender heart. Man, let me tell you, I held back no description when I was talking to my husband later about it. I said to him, “whoever takes advantage of such a trusting soul needs to be punched in the face and punched hard!!!” I could feel my anger and how good it would feel to punch someone in the face for having harmed someone I value so much. My grandson carries far more worth in my heart than any temporal possession on this earth.
That thought was brought back to my heart as I write this to say, if we valued ourselves half as much as we do others, we would be angry too and rightfully so for the injustices against us. Some by our own hand and neglect. Now I don’t condone punching someone in the face or that we should be bitter at those who’ve hurt us. I’m saying to be angry and sin not. It’s time you valued yourself enough to put boundaries and decisions in place that honor you and the God who created you!
I want to look at an example of a time when Jesus honored His Father. But it might not look like what we would expect. I always tell you that I take my cues on how to live life and treat people from Jesus. We’ve all probably heard the story of Jesus cleaning out the temple:
Matthew 21: 12-13:
12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
In John, Chapter 2 it says he made a whip with cords and drove them out. The point is that Isreal was not valuing the house of God. They treated it as a house of merchandise instead of what it was intended. A house of prayer! So Jesus went about setting the proper value on God’s house when others minimized it. And he wasn’t very “nice” about it! We’re not supposed to be “nice”, we’re supposed to be “righteous”. And discounting what God made is not a righteous way to live. And so we must see our own value as a creation of great worth to the Father and walk out every day as such making the necessary adjustments with others and ourselves.
So why sensitive? What is the purpose? Have you ever sensed something about someone or a situation that someone else can’t and because of it a solution came easy to you? Maybe you see things in a way that others don’t. Maybe when you see a sunrise, you sense the poetry and majesty of it, but to someone else, it’s just a sunrise. Perhaps you can bring understanding to situations that others can’t because you have a sense of justice that is deep. You think and process things intensely. I know for me, this helps me understand people and keep my own junk in check. Call this the Holy Spirit or what you will, but I know that these are parts of who I’ve always been even before I came to Christ, and it was God who knit them into my personality and gave them to me for His purposes.
Sensitive souls are caring, empathetic, kind people. But we can also be petty, self-centered, and touchy. We have to submit our personalities to God to mold and show us how to be in the earth. I think epically; Like I’m a swordsman (woman) who has some talent in wielding a sword but then someone with skill comes along and helps me hone that talent into a skill that could save a life. That is how I see God with me. He put sensitivity in me and over the decades is teaching me to be skillful in loving and serving others with it.
So, my last word to you is, stop despising how God made you and start asking him how to wield yourself as His weapon in the earth for your good and the good of others. Stop hating how God made you and start to find out why! This will cause you to walk in your purpose and your peace and bring life to others in your world!
Let Christ be glorified in all!
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