LoveMarch 19, 2013 - Author: Bernadette Saddik
There is a basic concept that God has allowed me to explore to help keep my spirits up. It reminds me of a difference between Judas and Peter.
Judas could not get past the fact that he was responsible for another’s death. He stewed in that horrible situation, and it drove him to a miserable permanent end.
The aforementioned example of Judas illustrates a problem–that staying stuck in that which is not good, in that which is not right, leads to scary ends (Matthew 27:1-5).
Happy thoughts are too simple, too shallow a solution. Great, the thoughts are in my head, but how do I get them to my heart? This is where the point of this entry come in.
God is love. It is this love that warms our hearts, our emotions, to Him. Christ made clear that love is an action (John 3:16). Thus, the action of love is what inspires our deepest motivations (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Most likely, you’ve heard the advice to go to a food bank and help others when you life isn’t quite agreeing with us, that it will make you feel better. While I certainly do not dismiss charity, it can be extremely discouraging when you are, for whatever reason unable to follow through.
You are not a failure.
This, however, can put us in an interesting predicament–we need action, but action seems insurmountable.
Here, God shows us His grace. Peter, who denied Christ three times, repented (Mark 14:66-72). The very nature of repenting means to acknowledge the wrong and then do something about it–often implementing a new strategy to prevent a repeat. Peter did not have to go out and do a thousand good deeds. He did, but he did not have to in order to be a part of God’s peace. All he needed to do was repent.
And that leads to a burning desire to sincerely follow where God led him (John 21:15-19). God will not give to us that which we cannot handle.
Which brings me to another question: what are we capable of handling? But that is for another post. (UPDATE: read about it here at Capability from 6/30/13)
In the meantime, do not stop praying and “asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9 NIV).
He does hear your prayers. He does answer.
Look for all the positive, wholesome moments in your life, and they are answers. Go from there, see where your prayers take your mind wanderings. Above all, love God, and love one another (Luke 10:27). It needs not be huge and grandiose. A small gesture can mean the world to someone.
Remember, God has granted us quite a capacity to love.
God bless you all
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” 1 John 4:7-11 KJV