"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let
yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
Ponder: Is is easy for you to receive someone's help?
Are you tied up with insecurities or fears? Do you trust others? Do these insecurities stop you reaching out or maybe they drive you to over reach? Jesus does want you to experience freedom. His love is so free flowing. Our love can be so sticky sometimes.
Jesus said in John 15:12
"This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you."
Jesus' love was without any self-motivation, it was motivated towards the best for others; it had no sinful attitude or expectation attached to it.
Action: Pray and meditate on the following verses about love today:
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 N.L.T
May these verses lead you today to a time of confession of the times that you know this has not been how you have loved. May it also lead you to a time of forgiveness of those who have not loved you in this way. Also, receive the grace, care and mercy from our Lord, as you cast all of these cares on Him. If you need to do this with a friend or a counselor, please reach out.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you know how far short I have have come of the type of love you have always shown me. I do not love in the way the Bible calls me to. Please help and transform me more and more each day so Your love can simply flow through me to others. I surrender all my fears and insecurities to you. (You may want to name them). May they no longer get in the way of reaching out to others. I praise your name today, so grateful to be Your child. Amen
Challenge: Memorization of Scripture is sometimes so very useful. The Holy Spirit can then recall the words, just at the right time. 1 Corinthians 13 is a really good chapter to learn. Take a few verses about love and carry them around with you, maybe on a little postcard. Let Christ's love in you be stronger than the fears you may have of reaching out to other people. You may have to do battle and say, "I am dead to those fears, they are not a part of my new identity as a child of God." I am beloved child of God, cared for and protected.