Today it has been brought to my attention that the above can certainly burden one while darkening thoughts. It is so seductive to entertain ugly thoughts but then where does it leave us? Right then, right there Christ, Truth is and all we need to do is question this thought to see if that is what God is seeing. Luke 6:42 states, ” Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pullout the mote that is in the brother’s eye.” We can surely not have dark thoughts and still have room for the birth of the Christ in our thinking. They cannot co-exist.
This season my focus will be on the Christ!
While praying this morning about the senseless tragedy in a small Church in Texas, I know I cannot make sense of it. On Facebook, someone posted he would love to see where there is peace on earth. Immediately, I looked within my own heart to make sure I was not harboring any resentment or bitterness toward anyone because Peace does begin within the individual. My comfort today comes from Romans 8:38-39 which states, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Today, in the sobering aftermath of the shooting yesterday, I will pray that even though I may not understand, I will continue to know God is still in charge and has all of us in His sight.
This morning as I was getting ready to prepare for our afternoon meal in the crock pot, I called out to my husband to cut the chicken up in pieces for me while I chopped everything else. He did without complaint and we had everything on in less that ten minutes. I normally do it myself and sometimes feel a wee bit of resentment that I am doing it all. All I needed to do is call out for help! Isn’t that what we are supposed to do with God rather than think we are on our own!
Colossians 3:13 reads, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” We always, always have a choice! Today I will choose not to feel victimized!