Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ’

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Love One Another with Brotherly Love

June 30, 2011

Romans  12:10 begins with this challenge.  I call it a challenge because Paul exhorts us to love one another in the body with brotherly love.  I have a brother and love him dearly.  I am able to allow him to be him and I can overlook what I consider his faults; however, I am not so good at doing that with all others.  Because he is my brother and “love covers a multitude of sins”, I am confident that nothing he does affects his basic love for me, nor mine for him.

We are called not to judge, yet I know I do.  I even judge my natural brother, but I then choose to love instead.  I can do that because I already love him.

I sometimes forget that the family of Christ is also my brother and my sister.  I forget to choose love for those who may not fit my expectations;  even I can’t fit my expectations.  I wish that all would love me as I am, am ok with those who don’t, and I hope to be able to accept and love my brothers and sisters in Christ the same way.   They are a gift to me from my God.  They are my friends, counsellors, network, family, testing ground, teachers, comforters…  I do, in fact, love them all and am grateful that they are in my life…all of them.

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Hold Fast to That Which is Good

June 29, 2011

Romans 1:9 continues with this command.  We looked at “hate what is evil” yesterday.  The evil v. good is an ever continuing theme in our lives.

We live in a world where evil is prevalent, where we are surrounded by  negative impulses via the news, people’s bad attitudes, a lack of love and caring, self-centered and narcissistic desires calling out to us continually.  In the midst of this darkness, we are called by Paul to hold fast to that which is good.

Since we are not part of this world, thank God, just in it, we do not have to get pulled away from God’s peace unless we choose to go.  Jesus left us with the peace that passes understanding.  He left us so that the Holy Spirit could guide us through this maze of trials, tribulations and just plain ugliness.  We have a Spiritual Guide who can show us the “good” amidst the evil.

I need to keep my spiritual antenna up so that I don’t miss an opportunity to see good, to see a need that I can meet, to give a smile to someone with a somber countenance and see their face come alive, to help in little ways.  It brightens my day and pierces the darkness.

I need to guard my thoughts, to cast down vain imaginations, to think on these things: “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise.” (Phil.4:8)  It’s a treasure hunt, yet those things are there to find and rejoice over.

There is a slogan that sums it up.  “Let it begin with me…”

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Hate what is evil…

June 28, 2011

 Moving along in Romans 12, continuing in verse 1, we come to good v. evil.  Before I obtained my new eyes in Christ (II Cor. 5:17), except for the most disturbing or vile content, I was comfortable with most TV shows, novels, etc.  Of course, in those days, things were not as graphic as they are today.  In Christ, through the Holy Spirit, I have experienced a gradual putting away of bad language, and a deepenging awareness of the darkness which permeates most of the airwaves today.  I have also realized that most of the dramatic shows on TV today center around death.

As my spiritual heart becomes clean and whole, my discomfort with evil becomes stronger.  It is a tool of the evil one to put his garbage into our souls.  He is the Prince of the Air (and, I think, the airwaves fit into that category also).  It amazes me that on the rare occasions that programing is healthy and uplifting, even though the ratings are high, the shows are taken off.

Not only in the entertainment industry, our advertising, but now even in our schools,  everything appeals to the flesh and the lower part of our nature.

There is enough unscripted evil in this world without  more piling on top at every level.  The enemy has established a strong beachhead into this society and throughout the entire globe.

Unfortunately, including myself, we remain silent and accepting, like sheep led to the slaughter, or a frog boiled in water.

If nothing changes, nothing changes.

 

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GOD IS MY COUNTRY

June 24, 2011

I once read  an unusual introduction to the Prophets of the Bible.  In it, the author expressed that, although they lived in Israel, “God was their Country”.  I loved that expression.  I posted it on my refrigerator to remind me that I am not “of this world” although I live in it.  I once was told that “everything isn’t spiritual” by a Pastor I respect and admire.   I beg to differ.  Everything is spiritual .

I became born again in 1975, I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Church after attending a Life in the Spirit Seminar.  I turned away from the Lord in a slow process when I let the world become more important to me than God.  After many years of slowly self-destructing, I found recovery, returned to my Lord and resumed my walk with Him.

Another preacher I heard once said, “Your misery is your ministry”.    I found that to be so true.  In the past fifteen years,  the Lord has enabled me  to mentor many women using my own experience, strength and hope, freeing them from the bondage of self,  “to bring good news to the afflicted…to bind up the brokenhearted,  to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.” Isa. 61:1.

During my morning meditation with the Lord (which only consists of writing in my journal a little, reading one verse or so from the Bible and thinking about it for a while),  I felt a tugging to begin this blog.  I don’t know what I will write but I hope so do it on a regular basis; both to share my thoughts and to learn more about Him.

I hope you will join me as I “trudge the road to happy destiny” and find new ways to serve my Lord, Jesus Christ.