Today, I sit back and reflect. So much has happened in my life…just in the past few years. Every day has been a series of events unfolding in front of me. I am amazed at what God has shown me…and the trials Jesus has walked me through. Most people don’t have a clue what we have been through. Most people don’t want to know, because they are wrapped up in their own difficulties. For some reason a veil has been lifted off my eyes the last few days. I have some processing to do…as I learn how Jesus desires me to continue on this path. My heart is open to His teachings. I am willing to be molded and pushed forward, but I know I will need to spiritually prepare to do this. Since the publishing of my book, and the opening of Light of Hope…there has been a shift. I realize that much of the passion to help suffering people, is my own, and not necessarily a passion of others. It’s a raw reality, and one I am coming to terms with. I have experienced a distance from people. At first I thought it was something I had done. God has revealed it is something the world is doing as a whole. No one wants to face the truths of what is going on around them…unless it directly effects their lives. Once a disaster hits…then they realize the need. But until that time…it’s easier to focus only on what is needed in their own life. I understand that. Jesus understood that. This is why Jesus asked us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” MATTHEW 22:37-38 Jesus then follows up with another powerful command. This command is where my heart’s passion comes from. “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” MATTHEW 22:39-40 As children of God, we are required to love all people. This includes people we don’t particularly care for. This means we push our fleshly, human emotions away. This means we love others like Christ loves us. We give people a chance to know the love of God that pours through us. We cannot sit back and be silent. Love of God is shown by our willingness to engage that love toward others. I know life can become overwhelming and exhausting. But there is a purpose we are all designed to pursue. Consider the opportunities in your day…that might allow you a chance to love others more effectively. Extending yourself beyond your personal bubble, gives you an opportunity to experience even more than you ever imagined. God is waiting to use you somehow. Allow your heart to be willing to hear God’s direction.
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. ROMANS 15:1
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. COLOSSIANS 3:12-14
God is with us.
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