“The same rules applies to everyone, including yourselves.”
We often compare. Compare to ‘this person’ that is better than ourselves, in abilities/skills, in character, in finance and so much more. Have we compared how we are also better than ‘that person’, in having a healthy body, in having a shelter, in having a family and so much more. We are inconsistent with the way we perceive. How can we only accept the good and not the bad that is from God?
I remember this portion that I read in the book “Screwtape letters”. As a person, we expect others to take us at face value, to take our words without reading deeper into our expressions, motives and body language. Yet towards others, we do the exact opposite, we read their words along with their expressions, motives and body language. Maybe, sometimes our knowledge ruins us. We know how things should be and we expect only others to be doing the way things should be.
This reminds me of the analogy in the bible, in Matt 7.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?”
Do we, because of the knowledge we have, twist and turn things so that we can do what we want yet expect a higher standard of others?
James 1: 22-25
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
How easy these little lies slips in and burrows itself on the sore parts of my heart. Disappointment sets in as realisation of change is not complete echoes aloud. Does it denounces the fact that a breakthrough happened? No, it only shows how I am saved entirely by grace. It’s okay to falter and waver as my anchor is buried deeply in His love.
Disappointed but hope is still present. Discouraged but joy is still present. Insecure but love is still present. Oh Lord, how deep and how wide your love is.
While other people are fighting to stay alive in the fire, the fire fighters start fires of their own.
How is it that we have become so selfish, that we are so consumed with our rights and desires?
Love includes unselfish service to others; to show it gives evidence that you care. Faith is the foundation and content of God’s message; hope is the attitude and focus; love is the action.
“If I pick you, I’d fall asleep smiling.
But I’d wake up, shuddering in fear that I’d made the wrong choice.”
How thankful I am, that the weight of life is not on my shoulders.
This journey of discovering the truth and allowing it to set me free has been incredible.
When I said I believed in God, it meant the start of a journey of believing Him wholeheartedly; everything He said in His Word.
As Truth. The Only Truth.