I Colossians 1:9
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
He has qualified you. Isn’t that great news?
He sees you as worthy, and He values you. Right where you are.
I have a terrible tendency to view others through a standard that I can’t maintain. Do you ever do that? It’s knowing your not perfect, yet expecting it from everyone else, but you don’t call it judging, “you’re observing”.
It’s not something I try to do, but it seems to happen, probably had roots from my self-righteous days, when I did it almost all right, but still couldn’t ever earn the grace that He provided through His son on my behalf. I thought I had it together.
Even now I think of myself as being a great wife, an even better mom, a creator of fun and usable things, and I have to tell myself, not that I am not valued, but that I am imperfect. I expect no one else to gossip, even when I slip and do it. I expect my husband to see me as his greatest priority after the Lord, when he doesn’t get the same from me. I expect my children to far surpass me in wisdom and righteousness, but I don’t read the word of God to them everyday. I struggle sometimes to allow myself to be captured by God, even when he is running after me. I hold up my glasses and I look through them at others and I pick them apart. I wound them with words that become real after leaving my mouth and I curse instead of bless them. I am a sinner in need of my Savior. I desire to live out the Scripture from Colossians. To think of others, to pray for others, to speak good into others, in someones area of weakness, don’t point it out, cover it. In prayer, in halting a wagging tongue, in giving love and forgiveness and allowing the Lord to use you to be an encourager as Paul so painstakingly taught. We are going to miss the mark. Often; but we don’t have to miss it multiple times in a day. We have to learn to stop ourselves and stop abusing the forgiveness that is offered to us. I am speaking to me, far more than I could ever speak to you.
Let us be more like