I know a friend who is so meticulous in everything she does. She’s very precise, detail-oriented and she wants everything to be perfect. In short she’s a perfectionist. But you know what? Whenever she commits a mistake, it’s like she’s going to cry and don’t know what to do next. She felt bad about herself and it was a vague of unworthiness.
Many times we felt the same way when we commit a sin. We feel guilty and bad about ourselves. And that crummy feeling would lead either to repentance or otherwise acceptance of a person that there’s no more hope for him so he will just continue doing it until nothing bad happens.
Of all the commandments that God gave to us plus the commandments Jesus told us, it wasn’t easy to live a holy life. Here are six of them that John Piper call to mind that we frequently break:
1. Love the Lord with all your heart, soul mind and strength. (Matthew 22:37)
God is a jealous God. He doesn’t want us to worship other gods but sometimes, we worship other gods like our work, money, business and some even the ministry or the church founder itself. God wants the whole of us and everything of us. Jesus command us to love God 100%, not 50%, not 95% nor 99.9%.
2. Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:39)
Sometimes, loving our neighbor is a difficult task especially if they’ve become our enemies. But what Jesus said about this? Love your enemies. This means that we should be as eager to go well for him as you are for the things to go well for you.
3. Do all things without grumbling. No grumbling inside and out. (Philippians 2:14)
Aha! Can we really do all things without grumbling?
4. Cast all your anxieties on Him so that are not being weighed down by it anymore. (1 Peter 5:7)
5. Only say the things that gives grace to others, especially to those closest to you. (Ephesians 4:29)
I have learned that by nature we are negative thinkers. When we are talking to others, what are the words we usually say to them? I admit that there are times that I forget to speak life to others. But to be like Jesus we should have grace when speaking to others. As Tobymac said in his song “Speak Life”:
“Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted;
Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope,
You speak love, you speak…”
6. Redeem time. Don’t waste it on the trifling matters. (Ephesians 5:16)
How well do we spend our time will determine our destiny. Jesus throughout his life never wasted his time for the trifling matters. We even noticed that when the time he sent his disciples, he even said that when a town does not accept them, share their sandals off and move on to another town.
Today, it seems time was not so precious these days. People enjoy the benefits of being in a comfort zone, they’re no longer willing to step out of it.
That is so much!I frequently break what he commanded and it was very specific. I’m still undone! How about you? What are your thoughts about this?
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