Updated: Jan 27
Followers of Christ display true strength by acknowledging that His strength leads to truth. The truth about who we are, our true nature and allows us the freedom to walk in our purpose without compromise. Walking with Christ daily is truly an act of strength and courage that the world would not understand. It is a discipline that the world runs to when they need hope, love, forgiveness, grace, and mercy, among other things. As much as the world offers, it does not offer any of these things. When I want to hate or not show up properly, I remember that obedience is one of my Father's love languages. And so, I humbly choose to serve Him. I want to say that I do it without questioning or falling short, but I am not there yet. I had an interaction the other day that displayed behavior that is not in line with my true nature in Christ, I was angry about a situation, and I blew up. Later, as I was getting ready to leave, the Holy Spirit said apologize. Now I was clearly in the right, so I wrestled with the decision. As I packed up to leave for the day, I swallowed my pride and reached out to apologize.
I did the act out of obedience to my Father, and God corrected the issue. When we step in to fight our own battles, we do not leave room for God. If you are at the end of your rope and feel like giving up or simply struggling with your pride, you are in the perfect position for God to act. In 2nd Kings 6:15-17, we see such an example "When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, and army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. Oh no, my Lord! What shall we do? The servant asked. Do not be afraid, the prophet answered. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them. And Elisha prayed, open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see. Then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked, and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha."
Prayer is the key. Pray, and ask God to open your eyes so you can see all the battles you have come through with His help. And rest assured we will fail or sometimes fall we are only human but God has a provision for that as well in 1st John 2:1 it states, "My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One." I am an imperfect person I know, and anyone that knows me would agree, but I am committed to serving Christ with all my imperfections. I did so by confessing my sins, accepting the forgiveness of Christ, and inviting Him into my life. I understand now that I do not have the right not to extend grace and forgiveness to others. I also understand that my behavior can compromise my witness for Christ. And those are two of the many reasons why I choose to have a relationship with God. Not because I am perfect, but because I need Him in every aspect of my life; honestly, I tend to forget it is not all about me.
Remember, God loves you, and so do I.