Archive for January, 2015

The Mirror Isn’t What It Seems

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Prov 3:11-12

Sometimes, when we get before The #Lord, He will show us something within us that needs to change. It can be hard to feel like #God is pointing something negative about us, but the truth is, He is not doing it to make us feel bad or to condemn us. He is holding a mirror to us so that He can do a work inside of us that will ultimately find us closer to Him in relationship.

Yesterday I started my prayer time out with some high energy praise and asked The Lord to speak to me whatever it was He wanted so that I could come out of this prayer time closer to Him. I did not expect that, halfway through, He had highlighted an area of pride in my life that I didn’t realize was so strong! I felt so badly about it because there is nothing more I want than to please Him and this WAS NOT pleasing! I remembered the verse above and it gave me such a peace about the process of repentance. God didn’t point it out because He was mad at me, He did it because He wants to be close to me and that has been a barrier. By the end of my prayer time I felt closer to Him and truly Loved.

That is His desire for all of us every time He highlights something that is not aligned with His Will for us. He wants us to see it for what it is: A loving, heavenly Father who only wants the best for His children and to take every barrier down that exists between us and Him. He corrects us because He #Loves us!!! Keep that in mind the next time you are tempted to feel condemned about whatever He shows you in His mirror!!

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Create the Value First

“Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.” Psalm 85:10-12

We can never underestimate the value of #Love or #faithfulness in any relationship. Whether it is a spouse, a friend, a family member or a stranger we are called to have the same Love that #God poured out for us! The value of your words are established by the Love you have shown way before you ever speak them!

When you go back and study the life and words of Christ, you will see that He walks with integrity and in Love, so that whenever He spoke, everyone listened. People don’t just listen to anyone, they need to have respect for someone first. It is clear that Jesus earned that respect in the way that He lived because He would have crowds of thousands clamoring just to hear what He had to say!

Our lives have to be filled with Love for those around us, even the ones we may not be in agreement with so that when we speak, we are heard. People are looking for what stands out in a persons character. Let it be Christ’s Love and His awesome faithfulness that stand out every moment of every day and in every conversation and interaction!