Do I measure up?

In listening to different people talk about themselves, women and men alike, it seems that no one is really happy with the way they are. This includes everything from the way they look to how they conduct their business, and the problem is that even if you are happy with yourself there are those critics around you that are always trying to change you into the “person you need to be.”  There are those of us who feel that we are doing the best we can and still come up a little short of perfect. Matthew 5:48 “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  We read that and, frankly, it can scare you just a little, “how can I be perfect?” V 43-48 You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. This is HOW you can be this perfect, or at least a work in progress! Here’s the hard part, 1Corinthians 13:3 “and though I give all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing (or just doesn’t matter).”  If it has been a while since you read that chapter, do yourself and favor, read it and it will help you see that the only person you have to please is God and all we have to do is love people, even if they don’t love us back, this even includes the person who thinks you “ought to“: lose weight, wear less make up, go to the places they want you to go, always do exactly what they want you to do, shun the same people that they don’t like, gossip about those “less than” or anything from there to in-between and on and on.

Take a look at yourself in the mirror and know that this is the body that you have, the face and eyes and hair that only you have and the only one that can control the things you are looking at, in the flesh, is YOU! To let yourself feel inferior to anyone is a sin not only against yourself but also against the God that made you exactly who you are. God asks the question in Isaiah 45:11, “Who do you think you are to question how I made you?” That is the first step, then look in the Bible, which is the mirror of the Word of God, to see what we look like to Him. From what I know, we have to obey His commandments or we cannot say that we love Him, and His first and greatest commandment is that we love one another. I want to be right in God’s eyes, not man’s! When it comes down to it, no one can tell you what is right or wrong for you, you have to find out what God has to say about it for yourself. When you love Him you will keep His commandments and you will become that “perfect person” that everyone around you seems to think you should be, being good and not “sinning” is the easy part for me, it’s the “love thing” that gets me, so excuse me while I go work on myself, with the help of the Holy Spirit, Who already knows that I am a work in progress! (Has anyone seen my mirror?)

 

 

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