At times there are things in which we do and believe we are doing right. That’s because we are leaning onto our own understanding and not letting the Lord’s mind be in us freely.
Are we so deep into ourselves that we cannot feel the Holy Spirit tugging at our Spirit saying hey “Bob” you are going the wrong way, or what you have just said was not right.
We are all imperfect and born into sin; no one was born holy or righteous. Even as Christians we struggle everyday with these imperfections. God has no favorite and is not impartial. But we are; we are so quick to judge. I was in a situation in the past few weeks that hurt me down to my core. I acted just like an arrogant sinner towards this situation. The person that I had this judgment for was human like me and I did not know what was/if there was peace in her life. I knew where I had gone wrong and I maliced her a bit, said only one or two words to her in conversation. But I had to plead and ask the Lord to help me to love her because she was one of his.
God said in his words: The Lord has made all things for himself: yea even the wicked for the day of evil (Proverbs 16:4). But he did not tell us to hate even the wicked man; he said pray for even those that do wrong to you.
That is why Jesus was so profound in his teachings. He said the old taught you to take an eye for an eye, and tooth for tooth but I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him also.
I know that is very hard to chew on, trust me I speak to myself also, that is why prayer is so important. Asking the Lord to constantly search your heart and remove impurities that are not of him.
Jesus was so humble, even though he was GOD in flesh. He was one of us. He had feelings just as we do. Those going the wrong way were corrected immediately by him. I am NOT saying let sin be ok and cover your eyes to it, no. I am talking about remembering to cut someone a break at times. You can express truthful feelings in a humble manner.What is the greatest commandment: Love your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind. The second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-38).
What if Jesus was like men? What if he said hey, you did many things I don’t like? I think I’m just done with you. What would we do then? Have we ever thought on that? Jesus showed us that love is a must and forgiveness is needed. We put up with the wrong things in our lives and forget to try and do the correct things in life.
I have a seven year old daughter and she’s going through some kind of “phase” at the moment which has lead me to terrible frustration and lost of temper and over all became impatient with her at times. We have gotten to the point where privileges have been taken away and strike given. Last tiff I had left me still upset after I scolded her. But the time I wasted still being upset, she came to my room and acted like nothing had happened. My heart spoke to me and said she has gone through and is still going through so many changes; take it a little easier on her. You don’t know what is happening on the inside of a person. This is not to say I was to let her get away with wrong- it meant I was to try and be more understanding.
When someone has wronged us or has a bit of short comings, remember you have sinned and come up short also.
"If anyone of you have not sinned cast the first stone".
Lord we pray today that you will help us to have a broken and contrite heart. We ask forgiveness for our short comings; help us to also forgive others. Lord give us love, patience, and help us to always put ourselves in the shoe of the next person. Help us to move pass strife, backstabbing, and slandering. Let us not make our brothers and sisters stumble because of our words. Thank you for always interceding for us, help us to intercede for others also, bless our hearts and remove the stone and put a heart of flesh. Amen.
Enjoy these songs by: Switch foot, Sanctus real, Kari Jobe, and Israel Haughton. All scriptures came from the Holy Bible.