Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Personal Blogs from God?

“10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. Read it for yourself in Scripture:

“As I live and breathe,” God says,
    “every knee will bow before me;
Every tongue will tell the honest truth
    that I and only I am God.”

So tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.” Romans 14:10-12 the Message

Most recently I have been receiving different blogs that seem to have been written directly to me.  Since I do not know any of the bloggers personally I’m assuming the messages may have come to me by “chance”.  Right!  See how often the word chance shows up in the Bible.  The NIV translation of the above verse, though much shorter, doesn’t provide much comfort.  Verse 12 says, “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.”  If that makes you feel more comfortable – go with it.

It is easy to deceive yourself as you get older, to tell yourself that your tightly held opinions about life and people are accurate and stem from vast knowledge attributed to experience.  The truth is that cynicism can become an all too comfortable companion for an older person.  “I can remember when…” is often the beginning of a diatribe of how things used to be.  How ludicrous is that?  To begin a statement with “I can remember...” from someone who spends much of their day looking for things they misplaced seems a little ironic.

I find that all these less than subtle reminders that the Lord has been sending me drives me back to the Great Commandment, i.e. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength…and your neighbor as yourself.”   It is all the more important when you are playing in life’s fourth quarter that we make absolutely certain that our husbands/wives know how much we love them; that our children, if we have been blessed with any, know how much we adore them; that the people we meet each day sense a feeling of God’s approval and love.

The nice thing about becoming “more mature” is that we no longer have to be concerned with what others think of us. And if we are fortunate enough to have any contact with today’s younger generation we have the privilege of letting them experience the love of Christ.

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