Sometimes in this life we can get offended and even offend. It’s so hard not to want to inflict the punishment that WE think should be given. I hate to use a movie refference but here goes, in the movie You’ve Got Mail, Meg Ryan’s character was faced with a desperate situation where the big bad Fox store was going to put her out of business. She had become friends with an unknown person on the Internet and she would tell him all of her thoughts. She wanted so desperately to really tell Mr. Fox, just what she really thought about him. Her web buddy told her some good and sound advice, he said to be careful because just when you think you’re ready to tell this person how they truly are and how you feel, guilt will soon follow. Of course being human, she had had enough and she did in fact tell him what she truly thought but it didn’t give her the satisfaction that she thought it would. In Hollywoods way and perhaps inadvertently, they have shown us a true example of forgiveness and letting things go. Now let’s go to what the real book of life says, in Matthew 18:35 Jesus says this, ” So likewise shall my Heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from YOUR HEARTS forgive not EVERY ONE his brother their trespass. ” Oh me, what a powerful verse. We must forgive with our hearts and not just our mouth. Sometimes the mouth can say things just for the sake of saying them but we must allow our heart to forgive those who have wronged us. Even when it is them that have caused the pain and we feel they should be punished. I pray for you all that you will be able to forgive with your hearts, and I humbly ask that you pray for me, that I can do the same. Thank you and God bless.
My preacher spoke a couple weeks ago about insurgents. He talked a little about the weeds that will try to overtake your property. Even though I have myself often thought about such things, here lately every time I see a weed in my flower garden I think about that message. I just had a thought today that I wanted to share. I was gardening some this morning,(one if my favorite things to do), now I had already notice some weeds but not until I actually started the weeding process did I realize that there was much more than I had originally seen. Isn’t that the way it is with us when we start to slip away from God. It happens little by little, we aim to get closer to God but never put forth the effort. Not until you get own your knees and allow God to “weed” your heart do you notice just how bad of shape your heart truly was in. Be mindful and always “weed” your heart.
Jesus spoke often of simple things that we might could relate to. In Mark chapter 9 some of His disciples were disputing over who would be the greatest. Jesus used the analogy of salt, and here is what He said in verse 50,” Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.” Oh the last part of that verse is truly the key to life. Have salt in yourselves and have peace one with another. Meaning, have Christ in you and be filled with Him, and you will have peace with one another. Christ said that we are the light of the world. Christ has sent us as Christians to help lead the lost to Him. He does not want us bickering among ourselves on things that have no heavenly value and cannot do His kingdom any good. The thing that has heavenly value is being a witness and helping God’s kingdom to grow, helping to pull those who are about to slip into the fire, out. This is all that matters. Our Lord has instructed us that if we lose our saltiness then how in the world can anything be salted. We thereby MUST stay “seasoned”, we do this through prayer and reading His Word, keeping Christ FIRST, always putting His will before our own selfish desires. Satan tries his best to get us Christians to become short sighted and see only earthly things. In churches this happens all the time, people seem to forget that we are serving CHRIST and not what other people think. When we get our focus on what people think, we are not as concerned with what Christ thinks. So let us ever be praying, asking Him to keep us honed in to Him. Let’s keep our seasoning, so that when someone is around you, just a little of you, shows a lot of Christ. Pray daily, read your Bible daily, meditate on Him and be the salt of the earth and have peace among each other.
In life we always have choices. Some choices are not life changing while others will determine what road we will travel. Did you know that as a Christian, you must choose everyday to be one? Everyday we should make the effort to be more Christ-like in our actions. This however is not done through our own strength, but through prayer and a willing heart. In Luke chapter 9:23, our Lord says this to His disciples, ” And He said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross DAILY, and follow me. ” So here we see that to follow Christ is a choice and in making that choice we are to deny ourselves. What does that mean, should we totally not focus on us and be oblivious to our own needs? No, but we should put Christ first in our whole day! Start by reading your Bible first thing in the morning and all through the day pray. Ask Him to lead you and help you to follow His will. Next we should take up our cross DAILY and follow Him. So we are not to act like a Christian on Sunday and the rest of the week forget about our Lord. We know that with the struggle to carry His cross, Jesus was ridiculed and mocked, and we may face this as well. Just as Christ CHOSE to take up His cross, we must choose to take ours up too. No matter the cost, no matter what people think, take up that cross and follow Him with your whole heart! We have a choice, let’s choose to be more like Him, denying ourselves for His name sake, and taking up our cross daily, and follow Him wherever He may lead.
We are living in a time where society says we must accept everything. They insist that our convictions are too rigid and we should be willing to bend. As a Christian if you are to bend then you will surely break. Mark chapter 8:15 says, “And He charged them,saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees,and of the leaven of Herod. ” Jesus is telling them and us, to beware of false doctrine. Beware of those who tempt the Lord our God and demand signs and wonders. Here He also mentions Herod. I believe that can be related to today as well. Just because the government says something is right does not mean it is. We are to follow our on convictions. The “right” way is laid out before us in God’s Word. All we must do is read it, believe it, and do it. Beware of those who want to use leaven in your bread when God has said no leaven. Follow Him and listen to Him, He will NEVER mislead you.
Have you ever took on a project and your heart just wasn’t in it? You do the task and the whole time you’re saying inside, why did I sign up for this, I don’t have time nor the desire to do it. But you do because in our lives there are jobs that must be done. Does your walk with Christ ever seem to be cumbersome to you? Well my fellow brothers and sisters, it is not meant to be. I ask you to reevaluate Who you are serving, and better yet, why. I have talked before about how people will do work in the church for their own selfish motives, I don’t know why they do it. Why do they care what people here on earth can see when we have a God in heaven who sees all, and knows every crevice in our hearts. He knows why we do what we do. Matthew 7:6 says, “He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. ” You see Jesus knows it all. People can fool people but we cannot fool Christ. So I ask you today, if you feel run down in your walk with Christ, check and see why you are working for the Lord. Pray for Him to make your motives pure. If you truly seek Him with all your heart, mind, and soul, your heart will be in the right place. So serve the Lord with gladness and only be concerned with what He knows and not what people think about you.