Last night I received a call from someone needing prayerful support while working through a challenge and seemed extremely aggressive. After hanging up the telephone, it took me some time since I knew I shouldn’t sympathize with the error but have compassion for the person working through it. Aggression wasn’t part of her true spiritual identity and I had to see her as God’s child reaching out. I noticed it took me time to rid my thoughts of judgment, but eventually Love dissolved that negative thought for me and I was able to pray successfully.
Luke 6:37 states “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” That doesn’t mean from time to time, but all of the time. Help me, Father, to do that.
My husband and I love watching the Winter Olympics. Recently I was reading where a recent new owner of a silver medal was in a definite slump last month and it was apparently obvious to others. Then, from the unlikeliest of places, a competitor from a foreign team, who spoke no English offered his sled to this young man, which never happens. One does not offer up his sled, nor favorite running shoes, etc. especially to a competitor.
Philippians 3:13-14 reads “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Isn’t this what happened? He allowed himself to swallow his pride and accept love from another. That, to me, is Love expressed!
Recently I was in a nearby town at a jewelry shop where I was having some custom earrings made. The jeweler said I would have to prepay them and they would be ready in a week. I wasn’t thrilled about paying for them initially. The week past and I called him since I had heard nothing. He seemed in overwhelm and said they were extremely busy and behind schedule. His frustration was apparent and I reacted rather than responded. We had some words and I hung up slightly irritated. I began thinking about the blogs I had been posting and realized I should reread them, which I did and prayed to see the truth about this young man.
Last night, which was Sunday night, he called to tell me he was sending my earrings and he had made a pendant to go with them that he was enclosing. Then he apologized profusely and I gratefully accepted and told him I should have been kinder myself.
Psalm 139:23-24 reads “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
“Do unto others as we would have them do unto us.” This is something we have heard all of our life, but this morning I thought of it differently. I thought of loving others as I want to be loved; seeing others as I would like to be seen and of course, treating others as I would like to be treated. As I prayed to do this, I knew I hadn’t always done this and I was led to Luke 6:37 which reads “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Does this not apply to ourselves as well.
This morning, while studying and praying at my desk, I caught myself trying to intellectualize how something was going to turn out. It didn’t take long for me to turn to God and quieten my thoughts and just listen, since it was not working the other way. Trying to figure things out involves ego and self-will while understanding comes from the heart if it is filled with humility and gratitude.
Luke 9:21 reads “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes:” Sometimes, I just need to listen more.
Today in class, the teacher gave us seven steps to do in order to finish a project we were working on. There was frustration throughout the class evidenced by the heavy sighs. No one could understand how we were getting to the finished product. After a while, each of us continued on our journey and what happened was amazing.
After each step was completed, the next step became clear and on and on until the next to the last step where we stopped today and will finish next week. We were all focused on the last step and where we currently were on the first step. It just hadn’t made sense.
James 1:4 states “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” This was the verse I used today and helped me to see that each and every step were important for me to achieve the end product.
While praying for the world today, I think of how easy it is to criticize and condemn others if I am not careful. When I cease entertaining those negative thoughts about others, I know I am progressing spiritually. World peace actually begins with each individual.
1 Timothy 2:8 states, “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” When I first thought of this title today, I opened my Bible to this verse. God is always revealing precious angel messages to us which we can hear as soon as we kick ungodlike thoughts out!