In all our behavior, in all our heart…

All our heart

God loves us.

Always has. Always will. And He will never ever leave us even when we make choices that displease, dishonor or disobey Him.

Yet He says that if we love Him we will obey Him.

As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness.
1 Peter 1:15

Blazing with holiness. Sounds like we might get burned with holy fire purging us of our dross until we gleam like gold.

God will allow us to be uncomfortable in our lives if something is amiss that needs His loving touch.

But the world screams: Whatever feels good, do it, promoting a self-centered rather than others-centered position.

His word says:

Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now.
1 Peter 1:14

SNOWY MT PATH

God wants something more, something better. He wants us to be all shiny bright, full of Him, so that our lives can light a path to the mountaintop that others may seek to follow.

God is Holy in all His ways and we are to be like Him.

…but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:15-16

In all our behavior! Our words, thoughts and deeds. Ouch. Even when no one is looking, because He always is.

Setting a guard on our tongues and taking captive every wayward thought. Longing to be good. To please and honor Daddy.

Yet sometimes failing. Then repenting.

Seeking Him, seeking Holiness. And that may mean setting the alarm clock early so that the first part of waking is given to God making us able to meet our day with godliness instead of greed, lust, fear, anger or hopelessness.

Keeping our minds tuned to Him throughout the hours. Making a million choices a day and each one an act of worship.

Or not.

DOVE

For He speaks to us all the time, if our hearts are soft and open, with gentle reminders to do His will.

And with grace and strength so that we might choose to do His will.

God will not wave a magic wand and make us good. We must do our part and that takes maturity and self-discipline. And as we work out our salvation and our healing with fear and trembling one day at a time, day after day, our obedience muscles get stronger making it easier to choose the right thing consistently.

So reach out your withered hand, pick up your mat and walk, go and wash the mud from your eyes.

And be healed by the power of love.

Power from above

Power from above trickles down into our hearts as we surrender pride, fear, control and selfish demands. Humbling our haughtiness.

For the LORD our God is holy.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Colossians 3:5-10

Ousting the bad — ONLY by God’s grace for we cannot change ourselves — and letting goodness in…

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:12-14

And over all is love that never fails…

~sheila
All our longings end in love.

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