The more I try to live as Jesus taught the more I find myself living the backwards way. The “un-normal” way. The “separate” way
We are supposed to live separate from the world… in a deep longing for a better-ness.
Will I go alone? Not totally. Others are walking this “un-normal” path. The path on which we have to learn to separate even more…
Separate the things a person does from the person themselves.
Separate our immediate emotions from our long term decisions before they become judgements.
Separate our expectations of someone else before they become a checklist of what makes us different.
I’m thankful God is doing that in me. It’s a process though. I was hard fast in my pain from others and seeing them through that pain. I forgive easily. But knowing how to live inside that ongoing pain is extremely difficult, without God.
I know we must lean into Him. He knows.
If He hadn’t separated what He knew about each of us before the beginning then we might very well be in eternal grieving. Thankfully we are not.
It all comes down to Him.
Even though You saw before You made us how we’d fail.
Even though You saw our sin.
You saw our mistrust.
You chose us anyway.
You wanted companionship like we want companionship.
You wanted friends like we want friends.
You wanted love like we want love.
You chose us.
All that which we do so wrong,
You made right in one moment in time.
All because You loved us first.
As we walk that path of the “un-normal” in striving to be more and more like Him, as we allow Him to perfect us and not the other way around, as we live and breathe… we must make choices to be separate.
I’ve studied religions of the world for over a decade, and I’ve experienced much. I longed to know my choices. I longed for a more meaningful life than just living. What I know to be true is that everyone has two choices in every situation as we walk this journey.
We can either accept Jesus is who He said He was, or not.
Everyone who accepts Jesus and His gift of salvation then has two choices.
We can either learn what He taught and try to live it out … or not. Life is harder in the “not”. So I choose to do what I can to change my life and get rid of the sin and have that more meaningful life. I choose to … Separate.
Why work on removing the sin? Because it weighs us down. Stops us from living the life God planned for us. One sin is forgivable. Multiple sins are forgivable. Repeated sin with no repentance? It grieves God I believe.
But He is relentless to love us.
He loves with compassion, because separated it all from us.
If we go after that same type of love … loving with compassion… then most sin and pain would just fall away.
Love above all else ~ separates.
If we loved ourselves as God sees us, we’d wait for our spouse to come into our lives before we fell to the temptation of sex outside of marriage.
If we loved our spouses as God sees them, we’d have no divorce.
If we loved our neighbors as we love ourselves and as God loves us, there would be no war on any level and we’d value all lives.
If we loved God the way we should – first and unconditionally with all our heart, mind, and soul – we’d clearly love each other.
Love God. Then love others.