Things I have learned over time in a Journey I take every day:
1. It is easy to say I forgive, but much harder to actually do.
2. The bible say’s to love your enemy but it is hard to put into practice sometimes.
3. James 1:19 and Proverbs 17:28 are verses I need to apply daily because I am quick to speak before I ever try to listen. James 1:19 – Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Proverbs 17:28 – Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.
4. Judge not, lest you be judged is a verse I need to live by more often.
5. I have a problem with my temper and I often find myself asking for forgiveness. Quite often, actually.
6. That I need to remember when God said, Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord, that I need to let him handle it instead of trying to seek it myself.
7. That having discernment is a gift that can be challenging and I have to constantly seperate my own human feelings from the spiritual feelings that God has given me.
8. That I am human also and I fail probably worse than most but that is why we are forgiven.
9. That no matter how much I try to do kind things, I will be returned with hate about 70% of the time as soon as I make that same person mad.
10. That Pastor’s are always on the cutting board, ready to be chopped up at any mistake, no matter how small.
These are the reasons that I and every other disciple of God need to be in our Bible daily and living the life we profess to live. Because, at the end of the day, God knows me and my heart. We may put up a front before others, but the very God we claim to serve knows us inside and out. Because we are human he also knows we will fail time and again. However, we should never think we are above others. We should know that when we bash or harm anyone, especially our Christian brothers and sisters, that we are supposed to be in fellowship with, that we are essentially crucifying Christ again.
What I have learned and I am still learning, is that I need to go back to serving like I was years ago, before the world and circumstances hardened my heart. When we had a small group of Youth that we were trying to show God’s love to and we served and lived the Bible daily. Then Nikki died and I said I didn’t blame God but in a way I guess I did because that is when my heart started to harden just a bit. I allowed the world to step in and I saw things with a critical eye instead of spiritual one. For none of us, whether Christian or not, has a right not to be humble. Just an insight in my daily Journey. 🙂