Pastor House encouraged us infinitely this morning:
Testify to those who depleted you.
To those at home, on the job, and in the mirror.
We can, like Ezekiel did in chapter 37 verses 10+11, speak a prophetic word and even dry bones will rise.
Hope turns the tide. It’s up to us to catch the second wind Spirit has in store for us.
Imagine you are married and your spouse does something unforgivable. I’m not talking commandment-breaking unforgivable, just your garden variety offense. Though even the BIG ONES, with repentance, are forgivable. Say s/he does something that does not conform to your idea of fairness, justice, propriety – something you will find it hard not to repeat to others; bring up in a moment of heated fellowship, or otherwise put behind you as a couple. What to do?
If you’re immersing yourself in this Psalm, you can’t get too far before such willfulness is arrested. I got as far as the second verse before my heart was pierced.
2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. (KJV)
If God, who knows my thoughts, the very thoughts I was just now thinking, and STILL loves me, what prevents me from paying such love forward, according it to the one planted by my side in marriage?
“…the miracle of the redemptive reality of God is that the worst and the vilest offender can never exhaust the depths of His love.” Oswald Chambers
When I sit and contemplate such things I am humbled and elated. That’s what it means to me to be set free. I believe I can allow another the freedom to live, love and learn according to Jesus’ curriculum and not mine. I believe I am married after all to help me move from love-in-theory to love-in-practice. It ain’t easy, but it’s worth it.
1 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. (KJV)
I don’t know about you, but the longer I spin on this marble in space the more I value being loved for who I am. When I contemplate the gift of God’s love, knowing that He knows me AND still loves me, it’s all I can do to stay in my seat. In fact, now that I think about it, there’s no reason at all for me to resist the urge to jump for joy!
Hold that thought.Be back in a minute…