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, in everything from the way they look to how they conduct their business. One problem is that even if you are happy with yourself, there are critics around you that try to change you into the “person you need to be.” There are those of us who feel we are doing the best we can, and still come up a little short of perfect.
Matthew 5:48 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” We read that and frankly it can scare me, “how can I be perfect? I will never be perfect” It can make you feel frustrated and sometimes hopeless! When you look at the verses above that particular verse you find out how you can be this perfect person, or at least a work in progress. Verse 47 “And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even tax collectors do so? This is the hard part: 1Corinthians 13:3 says “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 and “go for it”. It will help you to 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 includes the person who thinks you “ought to” lose weight, wear less make up, go to the places they want you to be, 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 in your bathroom 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 against the God that made you exactly who you are. God does ask the question, in Isaiah, “Who do you think you are to question how I made you?” Look in the Word of God, which is the mirror of your soul, to see what you 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 love you, do you love me?
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I Love you Pastor Harolene.
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