Loving Either Way
“Stop judging by external standards, and judge by true standards.” John 7:24
God, you love me whether I am skinny or large, tall or short.
Help me to love others who are different from me.
You love me whether I am happy or sad.
Help me to love others who are mean or angry.
You love me whether I am successful or a non-achiever.
Help me to love others when they seem silly or don’t make sense.
You love me whether I win or lose.
Help me love others who compete against me.
You love me no matter what.
Help me to not judge others and to love others they way you do.
Amen. John 7:24
Are you a clay pot?
“For it is not ourselves we preach; we preach Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. The God who said, “Out of darkness the light shall shine!” is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts, to bring us the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ. Yet we who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:5-7
Almighty God, our potter,
I am the work of your hands.
Even though I am like an ordinary clay pot,
you trust me to carry the wonderful treasure of Jesus, your Son.
Help me keep my body and mind, and soul healthy and strong
so that I am worthy of this great honour.
Keep me humble, always pointing others to Jesus
and not to myself.
Because I am just an ordinary clay pot
PPRT – Easy to pray! –
“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people,” 1 Timothy 2:1
Prayer: – Take a few minutes to pray
Petitions: Pray for your own personal needs
Requests: – Pray for the needs of other people, especially the things people asked you to pray for.
Thanksgiving: Thank God for the things, people, and events you are grateful for.
Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Do we walk in the shadows, or do we walk in His shadow? Take some time to meditate on the metaphors the Psalmist uses for the Lord here in Psalm 18 v.2. The Lord is… My Rock – My Fortress – My Deliverer – My God – My Refuge – My Shield – My Salvation – My Stronghold.
What do all these metaphors say to us, particularly when we are going through times of transition, of change, of suffering, of illness, of sorrow, of loss, of financial hardship, of job insecurity, of depression, or even pandemic?
They say to me that we have a God who keeps us secure, who protects and defends us, who delivers us out of danger, of trouble, or who enables us to rise above the ill effects of it. They say to me I am guarded, rescued, saved, and that I remain safe in an unassailable position. They say to me I can be assured of my place with God, and that no one and nothing can separate me from His loving protection and care.
What need do you have today to escape the shadows, and walk instead in the shadow of the ROCK?
Exodus 20:1-3 “And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me.”
We live in the age of the individual, of self-interest, where the post-modern person has become the arbiter of their own choices, and the interpreter of their own ethical positons. The notion that there is a universal moral code, that there are objective truths and commandments by which we must all abide, is out of favour, unpopular or even rejected. In spite of this, the declarations of God, contained in the 10 Commandments, written by His Divine hand upon tablets stone, are none-the-less true.
It is wrong to covet, it is wrong to murder, it is wrong to steal, it is wrong to lie, and it is wrong to worship anyone or anything other than the One true God. It is a challenge to the world we live in when we read Scripture which is emphatic about things that are right and things that are wrong. When we arrogantly take it upon ourselves to set our own moral compass, to write or rewrite our own ethical codes, and reject the universal truth God declares, we set ourselves up as gods of our own lives and masters of our own destiny. In so doing we leave ourselves open to the judgement of God. May the Lord grant us the grace to admit we are not gods, the sense to accept that some things are always right and others wrong, and the wisdom to accept that He, and He alone, is the One true God.
Find me, God
“We are not people who turn back and are lost. Instead, we have faith and are saved.” Hebrews 10:39
Find me God, I am feeling lost.
Help me to get back on your path.
Find me God, I’m ready to turn back.
Help me to stay with you.
Find me God, I am slowing down.
Help me to know my faith.
Find me God, I want to be with you.
Help me to remember that you never leave.