Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Impossible Challenge

Starting week 2...

Today we are given a new verse to focus on:
"A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." (John 13:34)

Our point to ponder:
"Jesus doesn't want us to try our hardest; He wants us to learn to trust in Him."
The Bible is full of little snippets that sound so nice and wonderful in theory, but are next to impossible in practice. This is one of them.
I am someone who reads statements like this and doesn't take them at face value. (Bad, wrong, silly! It is a commandement! It should be taken literally!)
However, I always think, "God can't be completely serious. I can't do anything 'as He does' because He is God and is perfect. I am a human and the antithesis of perfection."
I can try really hard at it. I can get a lot better at it. I can make great progress toward reaching the goal. But I can never master it. It will never be fully acheived.

Tonight's 'point to ponder' has really given me something to think about :)
God tells me to do things sometimes because He knows I could never do it. He wants me to quit trying to control everything on my own. He wants me to realize I need Him. And He wants me to love Him enough to let go of my pride and tell Him that.

And only when I stop loving myself enough to give up control and love God enough to ask for his help will I be able to love others like I was meant to love them...
hmmmmm...(this is me pondering...)

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