Today, my reply to someone, a stranger, was “anything for you,” instead of “anytime” or “God bless you”. Why am I telling you this?
The thing about our Mighty God is how He knows our hearts, and what we meant to say, and He sees we want to obey Him with all of our lives. And, He sees our struggling.
for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you! – Luke 21:15
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
Even when my words fumble, His plans are still good… He is working on my behalf… He is still my good, Good Shepherd!
It is far more important that we awkwardly love others and obey our Mighty God than to perfectly speak or choose self-centered-ness.
Maybe, the best witness comes by the way of acknowledging my mistakes (my humanity) and humbling myself.
I am more concerned my relationship with Christ and loving others… than how smooth my words come out. Sometimes they come out like butter, sometimes they fumble like a football.
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. – Psalms 139:1, 4
I just keep thinking about Psalm 139. The Lord knows when I am standing. The Lord looks at my heart. The Holy Spirit ministers to me and convicts. All I have to do is put my effort toward living out the two greatest commandments – which is loving God and others with all I have to offer.
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ – Matthew 22:37-39
We need grace. We need to remember how big God’s grace is. He stands ready to be our shelter, even in the storm. Even when we fumble our words… And He still chooses to love us and sent His Son Jesus to save us.
Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! – 2 Corinthians 5:14-17
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
– Zephaniah 3:17
How do you allow handle with your own imperfections and forgive yourself? How do you lay them at our Lord’s feet?