Thursday, November 13, 2014 | Day 5 of 30
“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord.” – Psalm 25:1-10
Discipline. Gentle discipline. Loving discipline.
“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 49:3
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Leviticus 19:18
“Anyone who receives instructions in the word must share all good things with his instructor.” – Galatians 6:6
Oh, I’ve been here before. This feeling is familiar. The deep, strong feeling of knowing I’m suppose to do something and I flat out don’t. Like “Love thy neighbor”. Lord have mercy. I know God gave that command, I’ve read it over and over, but I still disobey it. My neighbors have loud children, they smoke a lot of cigarettes and they look down right mean. So I don’t like them. Ahhhh that is so bad. That is so not love.
They have no idea I love the Lord. None. Because I don’t walk in love or act in love around them. I did however make Halloween candy bags for the loud kids. – I’d say progress! – But I know God wants more from me. So, I prayed that He would forgive this daily sin of mine. A sin so alive it is normal.
Now that’s spooky.
I’m actually really excited to see how he is going to ask me to love them…
Love. Thats all I gotta do is love. How can that be so hard? My flesh is saying, it doesn’t matter, shut the door, don’t talk to them blah blah blah. And God is whispering “love thy neighbor” and I finally think I actually hear Him.