I caught this on my Facebook Wall this morning and it gnawed at my reflection, so I took a thoughtful glance.
A life lived for and with God, with wisdom, holiness and grace was suppose to originate in the home with the parents, not a church building. Yet without genuine Godly Wisdom in the home, thank God for His Church, building and people; more importantly, those astounding life-altering gifts often given the lesser value, the Bible and The Holy Spirit! When did we sideline those for a ‘reed in the wind’?
Children aren’t born to hate any more than others are responsible for our actions and decisions as adults- each will bear their own fault and irreverence for Wisdom taught. “Light rejected is light denied.” I can postulate, pontificate and blame-shift til Jesus comes, it won’t shift responsibility for mine own actions. Hence, I could blame genetics for my fleshy thighs and inflated derriere, but the truth is, I just like this chair! My apologies for the visual. ; D
Part of the problem easily seen in society is our distortion meter. We don’t see corruption at times because we are and sadly, we perpetuate it, even if in ignorance. Not to mention “Bad company corrupts good character.” How many of us naturally gravitate to the antithesis of what we are? …birds of a feather and all that. We feel good about ourselves when others validate us and if enough people share our beliefs or at least support us- well then, surely the majority can’t be wrong. Ha! or even the minority if it’s our particular peccadillo. Because then we’re just oppressed underdogs, right?
Here’s one for the Selah annals: Perception is truth. Surely we can all see that, in ourselves and others. People in society take a righteous and staunch stand in the name of ‘rights, fairness, equality, and freedom’, whatever truth we were formulated to believe and live is our perception of what is real. But if we know man is fallible, a no-brainer, and that good intentioned people can get it wrong and often do- while an Omnipotent God never could or would- why would we hinge our fate on mere men alone? But hey, infect one head and you can effectively [misguide} or even kill the masses; i.e., Saul; aka Apostle Paul before The Lord opened a can of conversion. Hilter? Surely everyone knows his misguided mission.
I dunno… I simply see God chiding this reminder as He’s chided me personally since I got serious about pursuing a relationship and began asking the only infallible Source for wisdom and guidance- and that is putting the onus for my choices, thoughts and behavior squarely back on my shoulders. I can point the blame and have, probably will again, but His response will always be the same- “I’m not talking about them.”
It’s not what happens, it’s how you choose to respond.
What happened in life may be why I am the way I am, but is it justifiable cause to remain there when God is all about that change?
Oh yes we can.
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 3 John 1:11
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 1 Peter 1:14-15