Honestly, I had not planned on writing about this at all today. However, as I prepared my son’s breakfast this morning and was going through my daily routine this topic just happened to dawn on me and naturally settled upon my heart.
Simply put, once again God hypothetically yelled “Plot twist!” over my life.
So here I am – joyfully- obeying.
“Pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.”
Romans 14:19 (NIV)
I have noticed in all my years as a believer that even us people of God who are supposed to be full of love, peace, and gratitude still practice the unhealthy habit of comparison. Don’t get me wrong here. Comparison can be harmless and even helpful if utilized correctly, but most of the time we allow our negative emotions to be a catalyst for more disastrous thinking. We go from comparing to envying to self-doubting to you name it.
So now let me get REAL real with y’all.
It saddens me when I witness people who are our brothers and sisters in Christ making God’s Kingdom into a circus show because of Ego. We are here to love and help each other and others. Meaning Ego has no place in this Spiritual battlefield. Something is wrong with our hearts if we are with joy when Sister Jane Doe is hurting and we are saddened when she is blessed.
“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”
Romans 12:15 (KJV)
Even before I had backslidden, I had been guilty of comparing my spiritual walk to others which in retrospect made me feel even more unworthy and caused an almost endless cycle of destruction that no one knew about. It wasn’t until recently God showed me otherwise. He humbled me, stripped me down of my pride and ego, and forced me to truly see people as He sees them. I couldn’t be more grateful because that painful experience was detrimental to my spiritual growth. I welcome God’s chastening and correction in my life freely and at all times.
We’re all in a battle, believe it or not. A very real and spiritual war is taking place right now. The last thing we need to be doing is jeopardizing our fellow comrades in Christ. Attempting to tarnish their name. Trying to sabotage their reputation because they sin differently than us.
We are ONE and are supposed to be on ONE accord. To be against God’s people is to be against Him.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)
You know how awesome it would have been to have had someone who loved and prayed for me even when I was filthy and reeking of sin? Neck-deep in condemnation. Do you know how many people I considered to be my Christian friends and associates who talked and gossiped about me rather than showed me the love of Christ? Something I needed so desperately – just word from God, a hug, a simple text asking “Hey Alicia, how’s your soul?”
Nothing. My phone was dry. My spirit was withered. I was given up on.
Psst.. but the great thing about God is that He never forsakes us. I will get to that another time.*inserts praise break and tears here*
My point being is, where is the love anymore? That real genuine agape love. Where did it go? Yea, I see you volunteering to feed the homeless. Yea, I see you on your mission trips overseas. Yea, I see you posting of going to church. Yea, I see you praying for strangers in need. I see you and ALL your good works, but God sees where your heart really is. He doesn’t care about our show and tell neither what we’ve done in this world that was void of charity. He cares about how we love. Where is the love for one another? Why do we pick and choose who to love? Who to pray for? Who is worthy of our forgiveness?
I never want to live with a judgmental or envious heart again – and I never will. Did y’all know I had committed probably every sin in the Bible, yet God still loved me and still saw me worthy? He still came back for me so that I could now have a new heart that doesn’t discriminate.
I want to see everyone make it. Everyone blessed. I want to love on everyone, including you. You can always talk to me free of judgement.
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Colossians 4:6 (NIV)
We have to stop attacking each other on the sly. It’s ungodly. It blocks our blessings and seasons of prosperity. We all have our own issues to sort out with God in the meantime we can instead follow God’s commandment and love one another as we love ourselves. There is a real enemy who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. We should be praying and looking out for another.
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
Let us pray:
Lord, I thank you for my brothers and sisters in Christ and all the people who inhabit this earth. I pray that we may all seek your face daily and begin to examine ourselves in Your word and truth. Not seeing ourselves as more godly than the next. Oh Lord, how can we reach a lost world when we are lost ourselves? God I ask that anyone praying this prayer right now begin or continue to practice your love in all people, even their enemies. We need you God and we need each other. You say that anyone who says they are in the light and hateth his own brother is still in darkness even now. I give you all the glory, Yahweh. Thank you for seeing our worth when even the world plots against us and brings up our pasts. We must stand strong and be on guard always with the full armor of You. Let Your love takeover, Yeshua.
In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.
“The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
1 Peter 4:7-9
In closing I will leave you all with this…
I love you and I am rooting for only your victory.
Alicia – The Prodigal Daughter