Free from the Stronghold of Pettiness
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
Pettiness sees everything of little or no importance or consequence instead of the larger, more profound picture of eternity. A host of pettiness cannot see past the small minute, unimportant details of anything in everyday life. When this thought processbecomes a stronghold it will hold back its host from enjoying life and love. It may even corrupt its host forever.
The host will become stingy, mean, narrow minded, and revengeful over inconsequential matters. If the host is head of a group or family the whole group or family suffers including the host. Spirits of generosity, joy, peace, goodness, mercy and grace are shut out.
Consider the old fable of Scrooge, a stingy man who was petty in all his ways including in helping others. He eventually became petty toward himself, denying himself the luxury of love and companionship.
Pettiness builds its wall around us when we put our trust in things and small matters rather than in God. God does not call us into a life of pettiness, to be a harsh judge, or to squabble over inconsequential matters. When the bigger picture of Christ‘s loving kindness and compassion emerges, we can see the valueless antics of pettiness in our lives. We must turn from this evil stronghold before our lives turn us.
1. Replace pettiness with generosity. Be generous with your time, with the things God has allowed you to have, and with your love for others.
Psalm 112:5 All goes well for the person who is generous and lends willingly. He earns an honest living.
Proverbs 11:25 A generous person will be made rich, and whoever satisfies others will himself be satisfied.
2 Corinthians 9:11 God will make you rich enough so that you can always be generous. Your generosity will produce thanksgiving to God because of us.
2. Always think the best of everyone. If you lead with love, pettiness will never have place in your life.
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].
3. Don’t allow a problem to become bigger than it is. Don’t allow arguments to go further than they should.
2 Timothy 2:14 Remind [the people] of these facts and [solemnly] charge them in the presence of the Lord to avoid petty controversy over words, which does no good but upsets and undermines the faith of the hearers.
4. Put God first in everything you do. Do what you do to glorify God, not to pacify your own inconsequential desires which will fade and come to nothing.
Romans 14:6 -9 What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you’re a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. It’s God we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other. That’s why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that he could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other.
5. Look to your own worth. Christ thought enough of you to die for you. If you treat yourself poorly, chances are you are treating others poorly as well. If you treat yourself better than others, chances are you are being petty and stingy as well.
Galatians 5:1 Christ has freed us so that we may enjoy the benefits of freedom. Therefore, be firm in this freedom, and don’t become slaves again.