Today as I was giving thanks for me, humbly and with no pride, I remembered the scripture in Psalms 139:14, which reads ” I will give thanks to You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it very well.” Today, I will fast from criticizing myself and work on seeing only what God sees about me. When I really love myself, I can certainly love others more.
“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.
Today, I will be alert in practicing this.
In Exodus 3:14 we read, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say until the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” That verse reminds me to watch what I say following “I am” because it would be speaking of God and we are made in His image and likeness. We reflect God! Today I will be watchful of what I think of me as well as others.
This morning while at my desk, studying and praying, I noticed there was not much joy in my praying. Almost immediately, I began to think of everything I had to be grateful for and was instantly repentant for my thinking. Then I opened the Bible to Luke 6:37 where it 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.” This includes my thoughts about me. Today I will be gentle with myself! That makes it easier to be gentle with others.
When pleasing others becomes foremost in my thoughts, it can give those power over me and enslavement ensues. Certainly, I cannot or have not put God first in my life and have broken the first commandment. The same can happen with fear, disease, unpleasant situations, etc. ” Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” (God). By dwelling on any of the above can become hypnotizing when God is not first and foremost.
“Yet I hold this against you; You have forsaken your first love.” Revelation 2:4