Hello Perry’s Tots family, how are you all doing? I hope all has been amazing.
For me, the past few weeks have been painful and I’m dying. I’m dying to my flesh and the desires to stand on my right, I’m really learning to walk in love. That word love… It’s so deep and filled with sacrifices.
Imagine apologizing when you’re right, someone slap your left cheek and you turn your right. I guess that was what made Jesus stand out even till today. He always does or give us what we don’t deserve. Since our goal is to be like Jesus, we have to grow into this nature.
What I’m loving about this experience is the fact that I feel good after it, regardless of the sometimes desire to have my way. What’s the point of doing good to someone who does good to you. It’s more potent when you do good to someone who doesn’t deserve it, it sends a message to them as well that can touch or change their lives.
“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”
Matthew 5:43-48 MSG
I’m learning this is essential to spiritual growth and maturity, it makes heaven smile also. So I’ll continue till Jesus is fully expressed in and through me.
Since my desire is that when people see me, they should see Jesus, I have to let the dead weight fall. I have carry my cross and pay the price for the higher calling. It’s indeed a privilege to be God’s partner and ambassador on earth and I’m happy to submit my flesh and its desires to the cross.
“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.”
Galatians 5:16-18 NLT
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.”
Galatians 5:24-25 NLT
Have a beautiful weekend.💛
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