Perfect Imperfections

Laughing-Old-ManWithout knowing a single thing about a person, based on appearances alone, most people make assumptions and without thinking, they pass judgement. Humans have a tendency to not see their own flaws as they silently assess the soul of another.  IF we are not mindful, we unconsciously join in a worldly, categorical judgment of others based on geography, poverty, education, looks, church membership, financial status, country, ethnic groups and political beliefs.  What are we supposed to think when they dress like that, when they act that way? Hmmm, what does God’s Word tell us? “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is 2c7b411c24cdcdebd9aadb8942c2f86aright, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from Me, or seen in Me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Oh boy, His Word convicted me, but how can I stop the hurtful practice of such snap judgement on my own? It is wise to examine our critical thinking by asking the Holy Spirit to reveal how we need to be changed.  To become like Jesus, we must see what He sees in others and in ourselves.  With a heightened awareness of His loving Presence, I look in the mirror that He mercifully holds up ….and I humbly consider how “I fall short of His holy standard?”  In His brilliant Light of Truth I recognize many ways in which I depend on His grace.  Pondering the blood, pain and sacrifice Jesus willingly endured to provide the miracle of eternal Life, a free and undeserved gift,  once again I surrender all and His overflowing joy streams through to wash away the plank in my eye so that I may see others from His perspective. Apply the Word of God and control your tongue. “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless” James 1:26 — Are we the judge? “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same21864139795_01054a8ef3_b way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the same measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matt 7:1-2. Throughout His story, which is recorded in Scripture, God reveals how we can cease to bring condemnation upon ourselves. “You, therefore, have LaughlinesNO excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” Romans 2:1 Our Lord has called us out of darkness into His marvelous royal family to love one another as He loves us all.  Ask the Holy Spirit to quickly prick your heart whenever you are NOT thinking love towards others. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  As we read the Holy Bible we are reminded of how God never judges by appearance. 27750722_1560448240675808_7413491718543936288_nIt is an amazing, every day blessing that He continues to use imperfect people to proclaim Him as Lord of all. By honestly looking in the mirror we become more aware of our utter insufficiency, imperfections and inadequacies. “Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you.” James 4:11 We are to consciously rely on the Helper, the Holy Spirit, to reveal the Truth so that we may celebrate the majesty of our Lord Jesus, in all His creation, in all His people. “And we, with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”  2 Cor 3:18.  As we look to the Holy Spirit continually for help, and as we confess our imperfections, our ungodly ways, our unjust judgements, and ask for mercy, forgiveness, and grace — we are immediately renewed and our faces then reflect the Light of His unsurpassing glory.  Proverbs 18:12-15 ” Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.  Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.  The human spirit can endure a sick body,  but who can bear a crushed spirit? Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.”  AMEN and give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One, Give thanks because He has given Jesus Christ His Son. AMEN

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  1. Reading a great book called “The Forty Day Word Fast” by Tim Cameron. Just gotta share this…mostly to replenish me and train my my brain and control my tongue. Quote: “Complaining is like emotional pollution; it pollutes the air that all breathe around us…it spreads to infect others much like sneezing. We murmur, disapprove, whine, blame, snivel, gripe and most importantly depreciate all that the Lord has done. Whiners look and find many who will chime in to validate their discontent. Difficult circumstances and negative people will come our way. When we complain we repel the presence of the Lord, we quench the Spirit of the Lord and He does not hear our prayers. Like the example of the children of Israel, they felt entitled and they were ungrateful for what they had and believed they deserved more. We need to put to death the negative spirit within us, and stop agreeing with the Liar, and start speaking kingdom language of thanksgiving in all things. In the “six things the Lord hates….a proud look, a lying tongue…and he who sows discord among the brethren.” When it comes to judgments, criticism, sarcasm, negativity, complaining, and gossiping, most people live live in deception and they are blinded to whom they are serving by them. IF we are to be authentic followers of Christ, there is little room for innocent sarcastic remarks. “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless” James 1:26 — As Christians we must REFUSE to be offended by those who are weak, broken, hurting and who spew negativity. But the Lord does not want us to dismiss, or disassociate with a negative person, although we must use wisdom in what we share with them. Negative, broken spirited people are loved by God and we must choose the higher Way, His Way and forgive and issue mercy, patience and love as we pray for them. When we encourage the negative person, we do NOT speak of their behavior, but we call them up to being a renewed, changed, new creation in Christ. The Lord wants us us rejoicing always, and speaking words of life, hope and NOT judgement, criticism, sarcasm and complaining. Negative people are narrow-minded and therefore unteachable. They look for “what is wrong” and gladly give voice to it. Every time we have a bad experience, when all that is within our flesh wants to complain, we must STOP and pray asking “What would You Lord show me about myself in this? Give me wisdom, give me words to think, allow me to see the good, control my tongue and use it for Your glory in this situation.” Praising God in all things, in every circumstance, causes us to look through the eyes of Jesus and expect good! “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones”…. ahhh, “Sweeter than honey to my mouth” …savoring truth “I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food”… I am celebrating the good news with my seat belt still fastened “Your word became to me joy and rejoicing in my heart”. Yet learning the King’s language, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the teaching of kindness”….positive words that cause my spirit to swell ..what I spread around….goes around, and comes back to me…a blessing or a curse….I wisely choose to speak blessings!

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  2. Lord Jesus, thank You for knowing all that crosses my heart and mind. Thank You for Your daily mercies and the lavish grace that I receive, albeit it is underserved and cannot be earned. Today I confess my silent grumbling that goes unheard in the world, but is loudly heard by You Lord God. Today I release my husband from the burden of fulfilling me in areas where I should be looking to You. Help me to accept him the way You created him and to appreciate our differences. I realize that in some ways he may never change, but at the same time, I release him to change in ways I never thought he could. I leave any changing that needs to be done in Your hands, fully accepting that both of us are flawed, and that we both fall short when it comes to the Christian walk, talk and thinking. Only You, Lord, are perfect, and I look to You to keep us aware of when we are not being as You created us to be. May we be “perfectly joined together in Your holy Presence, as we put You first.” (1 Corinthians 1:10) In Jesus’ name I pray. Halleluiah and AMEN

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