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9-10 “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.
~ John 15:10The Message (MSG)
Make your optimism come true.
22-25 Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,
The old life is a grass life,
its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
God’s Word goes on and on forever.
This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.
~ 1 Peter 1:24-25
There is a “B-52” in my circle of life that is invasive, loud, imposing, unforgiving, unrelenting. I just go the other way when she comes near. I spoke with a dear friend about the situation because I knew that this person was not going to change, and that I had to, but I did not know how to approach doing so.
Her words were simple, “Either love her the way she is, or stay out of her way.” Of course I knew the right direction to follow. That first part of the phrase danced on my heart strings like a master violinist! It is not easy, but slowly I can see the sparkle in the wave when she approaches, the way she interacts positively with many. She is who she is…just like me. God loves me, so my prayer is that God will love this person through me.
It may be uncomfortable for a time, but I know it means a growing time. Here’s to the Master Gardener and possibilities.
Because of Him,
We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
~ Romans 8:32
New International Version (NIV)
Immediately I thought of human trafficking, war, immigrants yearning to be free from oppression, slavery. I read The Message first. In The Message, Eugene Peterson takes this passage to a new level. It will be the bulk of today’s devotional:
The Message (MSG)
31-39″ So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
Now, as you stand at the bus stop, at the turn-style, sit in traffic at the light, wait at the Motor Vehicle Bureau, wait in court, fold laundry, change a diaper, change the oil in the vehicles, do a simple meaningless task whose only purpose seems to be that it clears your head…hold the vision of standing on top of the mountain, feeling free…
Free to Be You and Me
Because of Him,
Care of the soul is quite different in scope from most modern notions of psychology and psychotherapy. It isn’t about curing, fixing, changing adjusting or making healthy, and it isn’t about some idea of perfection or even improvement. It doesn’t look to the future for an ideal, trouble-free existence. Rather, it remains patiently in the present, close to life as it present itself day by day, and yet at the same time mindful of religion and spirituality… Care of the soul is a sacred art.