Posts Tagged ‘others’

Lord lead the way for us this week. Help us put the difficulty and failures of last week behind us and take a firm grasp of the promise ahead. Don’t let us miss an opportunity to be You to everyone You place in our path. Give us an extra dose of wisdom and compassion that we would represent You well and the ability to refute the evidence we’re all bombarded with that we are unloved.

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I love the last sentence in Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of Philippians 1:8 that was posted here yesterday, “Sometimes I think I feel as strongly about you as Christ does!” How wonderful to have people around that feel like this towards us. After all didn’t Christ say love Me and those around you? You can even make a strong case from scripture that we love Him when we love others. There is someone that you will encounter today that will really appreciate seeing that you care for them.

Another area we often fail to trust God is with our time. We waste it, protect it, hoard it and spend it foolishly. Time is one of the most precious things we’ve been given with the key word here being “given”. It’s a gift that’s always been intended to be re-gifted. You see, though time is a very precious present it’s not the most valuable we’ve been entrusted with, for that is the people God has put in our lives. And we will always reveal what has worth to us by the time we spend. God can always be trusted to replenish a well spent gift so there is no need to be stingy with time.

turn to God, draw in close, listen and whatever He says, do that? That’s what Jesus always did. There is peace and rest in this approach. We don’t have to meet the expectations others have for us. Their yoke is not easy, God’s is.

We are sometimes to blame for allowing others to use and manipulate us. It can happen when we let the love, acceptance and approval of others take the place of God’s love and acceptance. Looking for these things from those around us will always fall short, only the one who made us is capable of the love we really need.