I’ve been a believer / follower of Christ for over 25 years. I’ve watched and been around people of the church all my life. And it never seizes to amaze me how people who you were close to and thought had good understanding of the truth, allow their hearts to be turned by the devil to follow a belief that goes totally against God and His Word that they’ve heard all their lives.
I’ve not done everything right but I’ve always tried to keep my heart in a posture of wanting to know and follow what’s right though!
I’ve been taken advantage of and trusted people enough to help them and they do me wrong but that didn’t tarnish my relationship with God and the church. It rather validated the truth of the Word.
We would all like to assume that the people we are close to all “get it” but we all have different vantage points.
It’s the trauma and offenses in their hearts that always surface, which alters and/or hinders the trajectory of their lives.
We all watch family members, friends, and colleagues hurt themselves and their families ALL because of lacking UNDERSTANDING.
Solomon encouraged us, in all our getting, get an understanding!
With understanding you can forgive others!
With understanding you can forgive yourself!
With understanding you can let go!
With understanding you can continue to love!
With understanding you can continue to grow!
Many times we personally desire others we care about to do right and to be blessed more than they actually desire for themselves.
And I’m not speaking from a place of pomp and like I’ve arrived!
I’m speaking from the standpoint of having faith and trust in God’s Word! I wake up in the morning seeking and desiring to operate in full capacity of what and how God wants me to do things! Me getting to that has NOTHING to do with what I been THROUGH but rather who I’m trying to get TO.
When our focus is straight we can make good progress moving forward! But when we keep dwelling on our past hurts and offenses, it can keep us stuck unable to move on!
18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
I pray this for us all! 🙏🏾
May the Lord be with you,