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I was taking a walk one day, complaining to the Lord about an incident that had occurred the week before. I was going over all the details to be sure the Lord understood completely how mistreated I had been. While waiting for the Lord's tender response, I heard “Get over it!” At first, I was stunned; then I realized He was serious. “Get over it?” I questioned. Pleading my case, I reminded the Lord of the details. Again, I heard “Get over it!” This was followed with “….love keeps no records of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV

Although in my imperfect body, I don’t always love the way God intended me to love, I am reminded that Love lives on the inside of me. It's not about my ability to love like God but it is about depending on His ability to love through me. You’re right if you are thinking “I can’t live like that.” When we focus on God who is LOVE, and trust that He will increase and I will decrease, we will find ourselves in situations where we say, “Oh, that was no big deal, I am sure they are just having a bad day.” 1 Corinthians 13:7 in the Amplified Bible says, “Love….is ever ready to believe the best of every person.”

Let’s allow God to love hurting people through us; after all, we are the body of Christ!

Ready to WIN?

We are in a season of change! People are talking about changes that need to occur with their bodies, (health and eating right), their minds, (making plans for the future), and spirits, (developing their relationship with God.) Within a few month, or maybe weeks, most will find out - nothing is working.

I once heard the definition of insanity is looking for something different to happen but doing everything the same!

What makes change really happen? Discouragement usually comes when change never occurs. I found three things that will make change happen.

  1. W – Want. You have to desire it greatly. Make sure your desires are in line with God’s desires. “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
  2. I – Invest. When you are ready to make a change, you need to invest time, money or both. When we invest in God’s word, we discover truth that will set us free. (John 8:32)
  3. N – Never give up! When Jesus knew Peter would have a faith failure, He encouraged him “….and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.\\\" (Luke 22:32)

Remember in 1 John 2:1, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” (NIV)

Let’s take advantage of God’s grace and mercy. Through His power, we can be an overcomer!

Are you trying so hard to please God, but feel you keep falling short of what He wants of you?  Good news!  His opinion of you does not depend on what you do for Him or anyone else.

God’s love is unconditional and extended to everyone, not just the “good” people. Very often, we find ourselves doing things just because we want God to like us.  I overheard someone recently saying “I am going to the midweek service; after all that is the least I can do for God since He has been so good to me.”  I am still trying to figure out how that is going to help God.  Reading your bible, going to church, praying; none of these help God in any way.  God doesn’t change.  His love for us doesn’t change.  When we give our attention to the things of God, we change.  We become more aware of His goodness and mercy.  Our faith continues to develop as we spend time with God through prayer and His word.  Our minds become transformed to godly thoughts.

In Romans 5:8 we are told, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” If God loved us so much in an unworthy condition, that He sent His Son Jesus to die for us, how can we think it's our performance that causes Him to love us?

Instead of trying to perform good deeds in order to lead you to God, receive His unconditional love and let your good works come from your love of God.


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