In the last post, I wrote that a new lesson God is teaching me is that I must be…
free from people
free for people.
But what does this look like in our lives? Each time that we are doing something for or speaking to someone else, how do we know if we are doing it out of a grudge or out of love?
The truth is that on our own, we can’t always tell the difference. For example, if my dad has hurt my feelings through something he’s said, it’s hard for me to know how to respond to him. Should I say something? Should I just now say anything at all? How should I act?
Through many mistakes and things that I shouldn’t have said or done–oh the wonderful days of college, right?–I’ve come to realize the truth of Isaiah 55:
“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,
declares the Lord.
For as high as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
As the broken human beings that we are, we will mess up. Even if we try so hard not to, we will never get it all right or even get ourselves to together! Here’s the thing though. We can either stop here OR we can learn from Isaiah!
The beauty of God’s relationship with us is this: it’s active. We aren’t supposed to be able to understand everything and just do the right thing. If we could, what would be the point of God sending Jesus to this earth to interact with us, to be a human too? God has created us for a relationship, and relationships involve communication.
The Lord’s thoughts and His ways certainly are higher than ours, but He wants to teach them to us. He wants us as unrighteous men to give up what we think is best and to adopt God’s way. Even though we don’t naturally know how to love as Christ did, the He is always near to us. He wants to show compassion when we fail and to teach us how to love through the way that He loves us! How incredible is that? wow, pretty amazing …… :)
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you (James 4:8). He is abundantly compassionate, and He will teach us how to act, think, speak, pray, hope, have faith, etc.
He will teach us how to love.