Life At Its Best: Keep a clean correction with God
Love is a term that is used broadly. Sometimes we use it to express something as simple as our emotion toward a favorite meal or movie. Other times, it's used to convey our feelings for someone. The word has acquired many different meanings, but none compare to the love our Heavenly Father has for us.
His love is unconditional and unfailing. It can't be earned or lost based on who we are or what we do. It has only life-giving requirements. And, best of all, it's available to every one of us. But for some of us that love is hard to accept.
It reminds me of my first car, which had a long list of problems. It had faded paint, broken buttons and stains older than I was. But the biggest glitch of all was the battery.
The connectors that supplied the power from the battery to my car had corroded. This bad connection kept my car from getting the power it needed to get me where I wanted to go.
Thankfully, I always had my trusty hammer. When the battery's connectors weren't working, I'd beat off the corrosion. When it was gone, I was able to connect to the battery's power, and it enabled me to move forward.
God's love is like that car battery. It has all the power necessary to get us where we need to be. But sometimes things happen that block our connection to His love. People hurt us. They give us a false idea of what true love is. Or maybe we make wrong decisions that cause us to feel disqualified from receiving His love.
Wherever we may be, we can start making decisions today that will clear up that connection. We can allow the power of His love to help us move forward. So how do we clear it up? We begin choosing His thoughts above our own. We learn to recognize and replace every thought that contradicts His.
Of course, that's not always easy. The enemy will constantly try to plant wrong thoughts in our mind. When that happens, we can always open up God's Word to remind ourselves of His thoughts and allow those thoughts to trump our own.
In addition to thinking how God thinks, we must also grasp how he feels about us. When we mess up, feelings of condemnation often try to creep in.
We feel unworthy of His love. It's in those times that we must remind ourselves that His love is unconditional. Romans 8:38-39 says that absolutely nothing can get between His love and us. When we choose to receive that love, it enables us to move forward into His best!
Today, ask yourself: "What's blocking my connection to God's love?" Then begin to clear up the corrosion. Adopt His thoughts for your life. Grasp how he feels about you. A clear connection will lead you to a better destination.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.