“in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.”
Deuteronomy 30:16 NKJV
My life before Jesus was one where I lived as I saw fit. Usually I focused on the things that felt right and good to me. I had no real structure to my life outside of the usual things, work, school, availability. I had no real moral center. I avoided things that would bring shame on my family, but other than that, there was no l limit.
This also affected the way I treated others. I said what I thought, I did what I wanted, and unless there was a reaction, I kept at it. I felt justified in doing the things I did because I often experienced the evils of others. I was was the epitome of the saying, “hurt people, hurt people.”
There came point when I began to take more damage than I could inflict. Through a variety of events I found myself in a place where the damage was more than I could bear, and I began to turn inward, creating a personal fortress to protect myself. I didn’t engage others at all.
I created a framework of seclusion and isolation.
God flooded my life with people that dismantled my fortress, brick by brick. In the end, I was exposed and vulnerable as the Lord sent His people to share His love and draw me to Him. These were people with a different framework, one based on Jesus and the message of the Gospel. These were people who were redeemed.
I sit here now as one seeking daily support in that structure, that framework that governs how I live. My fortress has been replaced with one where my protection comes from the Lord. I am strengthened by my knowledge of who I am in Christ. I no longer refer to the world to know who I am. I have an eternal reference that provides me with the guidance I need to walk through this world. I no longer walk my way, but the way of the Lord.
His greatest commandments direct my path, as I love the Lord with all my heart, my mind and my strength. Then there is one like it, the hard one. I love my neighbor as myself. I cannot love the way that God does by my flesh. I am one who has experienced the evil of humanity. In receiving that evil, I have learned to give it back. To love is to lay aside the past. Now I love even those who have harmed me.
The commandment to love your neighbor is what is needed today. We believers must take the word of God and seek to live it out, even if no one else does. I have found that when I focus on the Lord, it matters little what others do. I am to serve the Lord. As it is written in the passage, my God will bless me. That is all that matters.
In my life in the framework of God, I demonstrate His great love, His great grace and the hope that only He has. I love God, am loved by God, and share the love of my God with others, in and outside the household of faith.
Imagine a world where people are all filled with the Love of God. No more wars, no more bias, no more poverty, no more hate. Only peace.
I have great joy in knowing that this reality is coming. The events of this time are exciting to me as they are harbingers of a great time that is coming. Those of us who know Jesus will look back at these troubles, as a new mother looks back at the labor pains of giving birth. All the struggle gives way to joy.
Believers, pray for the opportunity to share the Gospel. Pray for the Lord to help you conform to His framework, that you demonstrate His love. I can assure that your life will have great peace.
I know that this is the only way of life I can have and have the peace of God. How I lived before left me empty. Today I have fulfillment beyond measure and the peace that surpasses all understanding.
In Jesus I am a new creation, not yet complete, but not bearing resemblance to the old.
Be framed today!