ME

8.3.13

I agree with the Bible when it describes other people. When it tells how their sins are causing them to stumble and perhaps even to be lost.

I agree with the Bible when it tells me that God loves me and that Jesus died so that I could go to heaven.

I even agree with the Bible when it tells me that I am a sinner saved by grace, in need of God’s eternal mercy, with hope only to be found in giving myself to God.

I agree with the Bible when it says …

Turn the other cheek.

Love others above yourself.

Carry the soldier’s pack the second mile.

Forgive others as God has forgiven me.

Turn aside from gossip.

Love your neighbor as yourself.

Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Let no profane speech come from your mouth.

Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.

Yes, I agree that the Bible is right and true.

Except…

When the person who has to turn the other cheek is ME.

When the one who must forgive as God has forgiven is ME.

When it becomes difficult for ME to treat others as I want to be treated.

When the words flowing out of the mouth belonging to ME are not what they should be.

And I’ve noticed…

I’m not alone in this. When it comes time to apply the teachings of God to ME, it seems unreasonable…or I am just weak … or I have a right to ….whatever.

If I can’t apply these things to ME … act accordingly when it involves ME … then I really do not believe the Bible.

Here’s a Scripture to pray through as we examine ourselves and our willingness to let Christ live within us…especially when it is the “ME” in you that is screaming to be put in first place.

I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
~Psalm 119:11-16

Thanks for reading,

John

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