My life has taken different turns with unique challenges along the way. God has reached me in my experiences because I have allowed Him to draw closer as I have drawn close to Him. His invitation arrived through His Word carried by shepherds and mentors along my way.
“And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” 2 Peter 1:4 (GW)
My motives for deliverance initially were for personal gain, restoration and recovery; however, the path of tornado does not affect just me but often the debris of my place of hurt scattered far and wide.
“One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question, ‘Teacher, what I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?’ The man answered, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. And ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” ‘Right!’ Jesus told him. “’Do this and you will live!’ The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” Luke 10:25-29 (GW)
When the debris of my place of hurt collides with the hurt of others there becomes a need for mercy not only toward myself but toward those around me – who are known and unknown. Life together in the body of Christ gives discipleship its power. Love and mercy its power.
Prayer Journal Prompt:
“COME CLOSE TO GOD, AND HE WILL COME CLOSE TO YOU.” JAMES 4:8 (GW)
Describe my place of hurt.
How does my place of hurt affect others?
How has God’s mercy been shown to me?
How can I show that same mercy to others?
Do I love myself? Why or why not?
What does it mean to “Love your neighbor as yourself”?
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