Purity in it’s truest form
Tonight I have a few things weighing heavy on my heart. I’ve walked all over Facebook tonight and I’ve found people I’ve known my entire life walking on others as if they have meant nothing. Debating bible verses and sins. Trying to figure out if my sin is worse than your sin or pointing out another persons sin to justify their own. It’s really heart breaking. Because these individuals have been people that I’ve looked up to my whole life. I sought after their advice and prayer over myself and my family. I put these people on pedistools and expected them to act a certain way because they were Christians. They knew God’s word inside and out. They have an amazing relationship with God. But tonight what I’ve come across on Facebook, is truly disturbing.
In the world we live in today with magazines, social media, technology advancing so fast even our children can’t keep up, it’s hard to stay focused on what matters the most. I don’t know about you, but I tend to get caught up in the world of Facebook quite often. As I look back at times past, the first thing I used to do in the morning was make coffee and read my bible and spend that time with Jesus. These days, I no longer take the time to drink coffee, I go straight to Facebook. Desiring to know whose posted what and what’s going on in the world. I can’t even function if I don’t have Facebook in the mornings. I have no idea what to do with myself. My mind starts spinning 90 to nothing trying to figure out where to go because my routine is completely shattered.
It’s time to get back to the basics of Christianity. It’s time to look and search ourselves and our relationship with God. Sometimes as Christians we become so wound tight with the rules of God that we often forget the compassion of God. So we trek all over the people who unknowingly sin against God and make them feel as though God wouldn’t give them a second look. We crawl all over their feelings and emotions without ever knowing what the real root problem is. And that’s a problem in and of itself.
So how do we fix this. Well, …..
Love is the greatest commandment of all. It’s the one commandment God gave us and made no exceptions on. Why do you think that is? Because LOVE is the only thing that sets each and every one of us free. Love, covers a multitude of sins. Love releases prisoners. Love forgives. Love offers hope. Love brings peace. Love shows compassion. Love in action has the power to change a persons entire life and eternity! Love, builds bridges and closes gaps. Love, when applied correctly can have the most powerful effect on a persons heart. Isn’t that what we are ultimately looking for. A change. For our loved ones to be set free from the bondage of their minds. To finally find their way of escape through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
I remember when my husband and I noticed each other. I can remember sitting at my desk at work and hearing God tell me, “This will be your husband.” I shrugged it off and thought, “He’ll never give me the time of day.” I counted myself out. But, I just as quick threw that thought away. I used to walk down the hallway just to try to get him to notice me. He was playing a little hard to get! 😉 As we started dating the feelings intensified. I woke up thinking about him. I really paid attention to how I looked and what I would wear that day. Nothing to revealing but enough for him to see that I did take care of myself. The drive into work was full of excitement and nervousness. I couldn’t wait to see him, yet I was afraid. What if today he changed his mind about me. But everyday when I walked in and got settled at my desk he would come around the corner. Looking at me as if I was the only person in the whole building. The look on his face told me all the stories I would ever want to hear. I was all he wanted but never needed. It wasn’t a question if either one of us could do it alone. We had been, could and would do it if necessary. We were finally secure enough that we wanted to do this life with each other. We’d finally found someone that would love us enough and through all the darkest times of our lives.
As our relationship was held to the flame through the many trials we faced I will admit, it’s took a major hit. Sometimes I find myself reliving the past over and over in my mind. Trying to figure out what I could have done different. If I messed up to bad to fix it. I evaluate if what happened, really happened? It’s hard for a person like me to not let my thoughts run away with the distraction. Especially when it’s of high importance, like my salvation. But, that’s where trust has to come in. No one will ever understand the pain I put myself through. But it’s nice to know that I have someone I can lean on.
The point I’m trying to make in this post is simply this. Falling in love is easy, staying in love isn’t. If you don’t kindle the fire of your love, your flame will go out and the same is true for your love for Christ. The longer you stay away, the harder it is to come back. Because just as sure as when you try thoughts of guilt will be right there waiting. “He doesn’t want me anymore and I’ve messed up to bad for him to fix what I’ve done wrong. Does he even love me anymore.” Love is pure, but it’s not simple. Love means sacrificing your happiness for someone else. It means showing compassion when you can’t understand where their standing. Love means being there, when you have some other place to be. Love means saying something and keeping your word. Love means holding that person when all you want is to leave. God didn’t recommend we love each other and hope for the best. He commanded we love each other. Why? Because when we are trying to please God and were leading our lives with fearless love for Jesus we want to honor Him. So that means we MUST love and not with vengeance.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you MUST love one another.
So many people don’t understand what love looks like. They don’t know how to love, how to show love, how to even participate in love. They don’t know how to put their legitimate feelings aside and just see past what that person is doing and realize there’s something more to that story. And that’s the point you want to get to. That’s the stronghold you want to break. That’s what you want to hit your knees in prayer over every time. God asked us to pray for our enemies. Why do you think that is? Because that’s when God gets to work. That’s when He takes you just a little deeper and He begins to open the eyes of your heart and show you the pain in that persons heart and just how much they really need you. They need your prayer, support, love, compassion and yes, they need your truthfulness. How else will they come to know if we withhold the truth from their ears. But there’s a difference in doing it in love and in shame.
So, I’ve made a vow. Every morning I want to wake up, make coffee and spend time with Jesus like I used to. It’s time to rededicate my heart to God and just maybe my life will follow behind. Maybe you need that to. Maybe your searching for help, your seeking to have confidence again or hope. Don’t give up. Start somewhere. Mending will happen. God has already taken the first step by giving you His son and His son gave you the Holy Spirit so we can always have God with us.
Remember Love is Patient, Love is Kind……