I say one thing and then do another

“And this is love; that we walk in obedience to his commands.  As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”  2 John 1:6.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Jeremiah 37-39, Psalm 79, and 2 John.

Some things are so obvious yet are missed.

I think of New Testament references where the listeners didn’t have “ears to hear.”  They weren’t ready for the information.  It reached them audibly but not mentally.

For so long I have wanted to have my life consistently right with God.  If you’ve followed this blog you may have noted my struggles.

Today I came upon a “simple” truth: My relationship with God and my relationship with other people are entwined.  If the former is messed up, it will be revealed by what’s happening in the latter.

I claim to love God but where is the proof?  That “proof” will show itself in my love for others.

The heart question raises its head when I am not getting along with people.  That proves something, doesn’t it?  Bluntly: I do not love God!

I like to simplify things.  I love exactness.  This is about as simple and exact as it gets: If I am not showing love to others, I am not showing that I love God.  But I do love God!  Then show it by your love for those in your midst.

I need to put myself on notice on this one.  Those in my midst must be given permission to call me out on this love thing.  If I am not showing love to them, they need to ask why I’ve stopped loving God.  The primary issue is to love God.  I must get that in place.  Won’t those in my midst be glad when this gets sorted out!

“Lord, direct-hit Scripture today.  My behavior must wind back to my relationship to You.  I love You.  I want to please You.  My unloving actions are a clear picture of godlessness.  I cannot live that way.  I want You in control of my life.  I want love for You and love for others smoothly happening.  O Lord, take me over.  O Lord, prick my conscience, open my awareness, to my sinfulness.  Cleanse me of my sins, Father.  I love You.”

Connect the dots: If we aren’t loving others then we aren’t loving God.  We can’t let that be true.

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