Creating Thorns

As we grow from infancy to adulthood both physically and spiritually, learning to be content with God’s grace is a constant challenge for many of us. We spend a lot of time learning to be independent as children and as adults we spend a lot of time valuing the independence that we’ve gained and finding the balance between independence and dependence can take time, patience and most of all faith. To the world dependence can be nonsense. Most people worship power and strength that independence can provide. Having to depend on others is viewed as a weakness that is despised above all things.  The world teaches us to conceal our vulnerability, or we will be hurt, and it teaches us to hide our weakness, or we will be taken advantage of.  The world teaches us to camouflage our inadequacies with self-confidence, self reliance and self assurance, so that we can build a heaven for ourselves here on earth.  The world teaches us that we can help ourselves, that we can do what we need to do on our own, and that all the answers we need we can find in ourselves. (But) The first time we find our selves in a situation where we really need help, we have already independently lived to a point where we have become so full of the self, that we are afraid to ask for the help we need or we reject help when it is offered because we fear what others might say about us. This can happen in every aspect of our lives, individually, socially, and professionally. Subsequently, we end up making difficult decisions and unfortunately we create our own thorns before we realize that all we had to do was acknowledge our weakness, admit our inability to change the situation on our own, and ask in faith for God’s grace and mercy to intervene. Regardless of the pain, we face reality and make a better decision to move forward. Why not move forward through God’s grace?

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God’s Love Instead

Lent: Day 23 – British singer Adele sings a wonderfully beautiful and yet heart wrenching song about love lost called Someone Like You. If you’ve ever lost what was for you a true love, the song could bring back some painful memories. In part of her refrain, she sings; “sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.” In this she is quite true, however what we have to understand is that the love that hurts and the love that lasts are two different kinds of love. The love that hurts is always physical. The love that lasts is the spiritual one God continually gives to the soul that seeks him out. He is always ready to welcome us back into his refuge and reconcile us with his love. No physical relationship of love is ever without some kind of pain, either great or small. Through Christ, if we choose to believe, we will begin to have a fuller understanding of the true love God has for us. Since we are human even our fullest understanding of true love is limited. This should not keep us from striving to give true love (love as Christ loved) to those we say we love in this physical life. Yes, sometimes it hurts in love, but always remember that to accept God’s love instead, always lasts.

2 Samuel 7:4,8-16 When he (David) commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings. But I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established forever.

Psalm 89:1-29

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, for ever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established for ever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens…

For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord

Romans 4:13-18 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law (physical) but through the righteousness of faith (spirit/believing in God).