Father, thank you for a good night’s rest and that You continue to help me throughout busy days. I am so grateful for this time together – it’s the best habit I’ve developed in a long time! Jesus guide me through Your word today.
Colossians 2:8-9 (<< click here)
Lord, You want this mindset not just to apply to Paul and the heresies that threatened the church in Colosse but Your desire is for me to keep my eyes on You and to study Your Word in regards to my life here and now as well.
It is so easy for us to assimilate human thoughts and mindsets into our lives. They are not always in error but they can work their way in so much so that where we at one time would not have even considered them acceptable, now – at worst – just embrace them or – at least – begin doubting why we rejected them in the past.
I feel like I’m trying to make progress through waist-high pudding – Lord, I pray for Your wisdom that I may clearly see and understand Your will. And once Your will is made clear, help me to work it out in my life as You would – strong love comes to mind, firm but not hateful, compassionate but not apathetic. Help me to be strong and courageous as well – to stand up for what is right and to stand against what is wrong. And that applies to both sides of the issue* (Here comes the pudding again!)
Side 1: this way is right / me: no, it is not
Side 1: go my way or I won’t like you / me: it is wrong but I still love you
Side 2: that way is wrong / me: yes, it is
Side 2: let’s hate and reject side 1 people / me: no that is wrong, we must love them – Jesus loves them.
Lord, You love all of us, not just those that follow You and accept Your ways. You love us but by no means do You accept our actions. Help me to be like you – to love others unconditionally but to pointedly reject actions that are opposed to Your word and Your will.
*homosexuality, alcohol, marijuana, extra-marital sex, pornography, other religions, abortion and the list goes on and on!
June 11th, Thurs, 8:07 am