Tonight I am remembering to give credit to who credit is due. We all have human fathers, some are great fathers, some far from, nevertheless, even if we have great fathers, we must remember to whom credit is due. It is always due to our heavenly father because all good things are a gift from God, and what is seen is only temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
I always want someone to praise and to meet someone who is praise worthy, yet I find so few people who deserve it. As a matter of fact, when Jesus was approached and praised as “good teacher”, Jesus quickly replied, “good? why do you call me good? only one is good and that is God”. Yet, I keep seeking that perfect person and yet I keep being disappointed over and over again. So why do I keep searching hearts for that perfect person?
Maybe it is the Lord raising my standards. As I seek perfection in others, I also am striving for perfection. Oh no, I am far from perfection as I don’t meet my own standards on a daily basis, but I keep trying, and I like the person I have become. As I have gotten to know and understand myself I am growing to really like myself, but this also requires the Lord’s help as he has to help me see myself the way he sees me.
The Lord Jesus is the example of perfect love, and as I have grown to experience it and understand it, I have been able to accept and love myself more. It also has helped me to love others more as well. I think that this need for perfection is God given, because he wants us to all be perfect like him.
When others fail us and fail to love us like we need or feel we deserve, then it is because they are lacking a little Jesus in their souls. Maybe they are Christians but they are exposing areas of imperfection resulting from not being perfected by Christ’s perfect love. I even hear preachers preaching hostile messages about people teaching people that God is all loving. I understand their message in that they are concerned that this “Loving God” perception will prevent people from truly repenting, yet what is the world coming to when a preacher preaches against teaching about the love of God? God is love, and it was because he loved us that he redeemed us. Whether we love him or not is up to us, and that choice will determine our destiny, yet we cannot even seek him unless he draws us near to him, and he wouldn’t draw us near to him if he hadn’t made a choice to love us without condition.
People get hurt in this life, and they really destroy one another, yet no one has been hurt as much as we hurt God. Every day that we make a selfish, inconsiderate choice it hurts God. Every time we neglect to consider him it could hurt him, it is really fortunate that he won’t treat us the way that we treat one another, or even how we deserve. Do not repay evil with evil, but overcome evil with good. Jesus did it, so why shouldn’t I?
Thank you Father for resetting my life. Thank you for being down to earth and caring about my every need. Thank you for not leaving me orphaned. Thank you for caring about my family. Thank you for caring about how people treat me. Thank you for caring about my soul. Thank you for sending others into my life to say prayers for me. Thank you for seeing me. Thank you for setting my feet on your rock. Thank you for opening my eyes. Thank you for deliverance. Thank you for a hope and a future. Thank you for understanding. Thank you for all of your gifts. Thank you for confidence. Thank you for shining your light in this clay vessel. Thank you for your jealousy. Thank you for fear that leads me to you. Thank you for humbling me. Thank you for making me weak. Thank you for creating me with a need for you. Thank you for everything. Thank you my glorious heavenly Father. I love you because you first loved me.