Disentangled - No Strings Attached
April 4, 2014
A few thoughts this morning:
I need to separate myself emotionally from taking on or carrying other people's emotions. Understanding who I am and being gently strong and true to that person. It is Christ in me that is the hope of glory. Finding him in the center of my being, and trusting him. Relying on him alone, not upon the emotions and reactions of those around me, to validate who I am. Especially those closest to me, like my husband. I need to learn to let people express themselves without forcing my opinion and expectations into the equation.
Truly accept people for who they are. No strings attached.
Isn't this what makes Jesus stand out above any religious system or organization? Think about the many times we read about him in the Gospels. I'm reading through the book of Matthew this week. Jesus has once again shocked me with the truth. He’s showing me that my ideas are slightly twisted and therefore completely wrong. Christianity, my version of Christianity, is racked with opinions and fleshly ideas of godliness. Disgusted with what I have made of something so beautiful, I am astounded every time I read about the accounting of Jesus’ life. It’s like, who is this God/guy? Is he for real?
And if he is the founder of this religion why are we not more like him?
Even though I know how much I fall short of perfection, everyday, still, I am so judgmental of other people's mistakes. Why am I like this? We make so many mistakes. Jesus' love and acceptance of each one of us does not change when we make wrong choices and mistakes. This is something I don't really understand. I want to get this. To be more like Jesus. I want to know people, to be surrounded by people that are willing to put away their criticism and live and love the way Jesus did and his followers should. Wouldn't this be like a community of grace? Imagine how awesome it would be if we could get this, and do this.
Live out your God-created identity.
Live generously and graciously toward others,
the way God lives toward you.
Matthew 5:48 Msg.