“I don’t want to be like the one James is referring to, Lord, where I read Your Word and walk away without allowing it to take root in my soul and bloom in my life, but…”
Have you ever read something in the Bible, maybe in a group study and had it pierce your heart and speak in such a way that you felt it was written for you for that moment in time? Today’s blog is about one of those moments.
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She stared at it for quite some time, wishing she could claim she didn’t get it, or even add to it by excluding the one she was having the hardest time forgiving: the one who had spitefully used her to get what she wanted, her husband. And yet, he was just as guilty.
She was working through her Bible Study which until that moment had been about no longer being under the law (Old Testament Covenant) but that because of God sending His Son to pay for our sins, we were under the New Covenant of grace.
But then it quickly went into the truth that if we understand this, we will no longer obey the calls of our flesh but because of the “Law of love,” we are free.
Which is what led her to the words Jesus Himself spoke in Luke 6:28b “And pray for those who spitefully use you.”
How have I missed this all these years, she wondered aloud. The words He had whispered to her several weeks before came echoing into the hallways of her heart: “You’re not ready for the miracle!”
She had stuffed that truth away in her heart, buried it with conviction, knowing exactly what He meant: She still had anger and unforgiveness in her heart, but she just wasn’t ready…but then this verse.
Another scripture came rushing at her in the voice of James, reminding her that she couldn’t just read what she just read and not allow it to change her. No, she loved her God too much to disobey this call that was getting more obvious with each passing day. Soon, unforgiveness and anger would be replaced with forgiveness and serenity, and she would be free.
Friend, I encourage you in your relationship journey to pray for anyone whom you feel has hurt you, deceived you, betrayed you…that you would be free and ready for the miracle He has for you.
Truthfully & transparently,