Saturday, October 30, 2010
When we have been deeply hurt by another, it is nearly impossible not to have spontaneous hostile thoughts. We find ourselves consumed about what we might say or how we might pay back the person who has hurt us. To bless rather than curse takes great faith and a willingness to go beyond our feelings and choose a life-giving response. In God's Wisdom as we choose to bless we give life and also receive life ourselves.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Death instead of life, curse instead of blessing can fill our minds. Anger, resentment, greed, lust, and hatred can linger and remain unchallenged. God asks us to choose life and blessing. This choice requires discipline and attentiveness to the darkness within us, and a great commitment to allow life to dominate our thoughts and feelings. We cannot do this alone and need the Lord and encouraging loved ones.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
We cannot please God by what we do for Him in our own human effort, we please Him by surrendering and letting Him work in us and through our lives. A great stumbling block appears when we try to work things out independently of God and then ask God to assist us in our own plans. That must not be, as He has the best plans for us and we must surrender to Him to work His plans. He will then work gloriously with us.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
God presents us with these choices, "life or death", "blessing or cursing." God's will for us is to "Choose "life and blessing," and that choice is ever before us. We choose in every dimension of life, in our thoughts, our words, our attitudes and in our actions. This choice for life begins in our hearts. What we nurture in our hearts will eventually be uncovered. Choose life and reveal a life for God's glory.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sometimes loved ones become more intimate to us after death than when they were with us in life. They can become daily inspiration for us as we remember what we gleaned from them and received in their love for us. The Lord uses Saints through His Word to instruct us through their faithful historic journeys, and we now have living epistles that walked with us and still live on in our hearts showing the ways of God.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Our own Death can happen suddenly, and we can be prepared by taking care of unfinished relational business. Have I forgiven those who have hurt me and asked forgiveness from those I have hurt? When we are at peace with all people, our death may cause great grief, but we will have removed anger, guilt, and unforgiveness. When we are ready to die, we also are ready for living life to its fullest.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
When we make a decision to love, we open ourselves to suffering, because those we love most can bring us great joy as well as great pain. When a loved one leaves we can experience the worst pain. If we try to avoid suffering that comes from loss, we will never experience the joy of real love. Love is stronger than fear, and life is stronger than death. We must trust, hope, and believe in love as a risk worth taking.