Oh that I Would… Part 2
You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!
Because of this indescribable love, Paul calls us to “die to self” as a means of worshipping this God whose love cannot be described with human words. When I feel resentment, anger, frustration, or impatience rising up in my heart toward a needy friend, this passage reminds me that I have the privilege of passing on this love to others. I am learning that spending time in the Scriptures, reminds me, this perfect love equips me to practice life-giving encouragement, rather than turning away from a difficult relationship.
As I observe friends practicing this life-giving encouragement that requires repeatedly dying to self I see them creating a climate for new life to emerge. They are in it for the long haul. Their obedience is contagious and makes me want to experience that kind of worship that results in new life.
What annoying, frustrating or aggravating little task has God called you to today? Before you go, ask Him to give you a new heart and a new love for the person who needs your life-giving presence. Review Paul’s description of God’s love in Romans 11:33-36. Ask the Lord what practical action you can take to reflect Jesus: clean their bathroom, clean out the refrigerator, scrub the kitchen floor, plant a flower bed, weed the garden? Sit with a lonely friend? Be the hands and feet of Jesus today.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to the audio resource titled “Standing with Hope: Through it All” so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
How do you find purpose when you are in excruciating pain 24/7, survived 78 surgeries and will most likely face more? Add to that your status as a double amputee. In this interview, Gracie Rosenberger, who was 17 when she was in an almost fatal car accident, shares what life and marriage is like with such challenges. Gracie’s story reveals a woman of strength and determination in the face of impossible obstacles.
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