Verse of the day Mark 12: 30-31
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Yesterday I was just rambling on about how we can judge others for what they do or don’t do. We all do it to some degree I’m sure. I try very hard to live by today’s verse and love everyone no matter how they look or what they do. I certainly think that there are times we should judge according to laws and things like that though. I mean we can’t let someone get away with beating people or treating someone with abuse. But at the same time even if force is needed when we confront them we are to still confront them from a place of Love.
Can I honestly say that once I forgive someone is it from a basis of Love or do I store it away and hang on to it?
When I see someone with a problem I do try to help them. If they push me away or lie to me I will resort to prayer? I don’t have to scream my prayer all over the place or resort to gossip but I go into my prayer closet and pray earnestly for them the way scripture tells me to do (Matthew 6:6). I pray for someone with an alcohol problem or addiction to substance abuse or anything asking God to take control of their lives. I Love them through it with prayer and not condemn them. How many times should I forgive them? As many times as it takes. This verse comes to mind.
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Now that is a lot of forgiving in one day….
When someone approaches me I can honestly say that their appearance to me is not the main thing I judge and if I find my self doing so I quickly call on God to help me not judge based on looks. I do love all people. The color of skin should never be a basis to judge a person. I open my heart to anyone that I meet and try very hard to be as loving and as kind as possible because it is what the scripture calls me to do.
It is difficult to deal with people that are just down right aggravating or mean spirited but I try to deal with it the best way I can and pray that I learn how to change my reaction in stead of trying to change the person which can be very very difficult in the flesh.
If I believe I am totally sold out to Jesus and I believe he is who he is, then I shall Love everyone as he Loved us.
What a great assurance we have from God above. We know that he will never look at our foolish deeds in the flesh. It’s only through Jesus we are seen if we have acknowledged Jesus as our savior. We cast our burdens upon his Grace through his sons work at the cross. Everything hinges on the cross. That marks a spot we as believers can always remind satin of when we fall short.
Dear father today as I go about this day may I always remember that it is hope and faith that I walk by and not what I see. All I do is seen by you and may I realize that yielding to sin is separation.
As I meet people during the day let me quickly focus on the fact that you Love them as much as you Love me and I want to see you in them. May I take all situations as an opportunity to serve and learn your ways O ‘Lord.
I normally don’t play my own songs for the song of the day because my lyrics are rather strange to some people and they don’t understand what I am saying but today I will explain the words to my song ‘One step Closer’ are a good fit for today’s scripture. The song is about seeing the good in everyone and an opportunity to see the light in me through love for them no matter who they are.
The song is about Loving everyone for who they are even if they don’t know who they are in Christ yet.
I guess if you picture homeless people sitting next to a building down town or asleep on a park bench that may help with the lyrics to my song ‘One Step Closer’
David W. Aucoin
Song for my day: ‘One Step Close’ by David W. Aucoin click here to listen