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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.

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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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