*Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
It's common to be challenged at this, because sometimes, people do & say things that are downright awful, they can be mean, selfish, hurtful, even wicked! Anyone who has had to FORGIVE someone knows How hard it can be! Never the less, in order to regain internal peace, we learn to do it, even though its difficult, once we surrender it to the Lord, it does become easier to live with & the burden ultimately shifts to the other responsible party.
Today, our focus is on the other party in any conflict. Thyself!
We are the only other party present (next to God) with us throughout all of life, ...engaging, participating, not participating, retracting, reaching, recovering, striving, witnessing. Sometimes, we sort of dis-associate from the fact that we are party in the equation of life. Disassociation occurs where there is deep trauma, disappointment or regret.
I am reminded of a time, I was fairly young, approximately 4 or 5 years old. I had something appear on my hand and it troubled me, right away I went to my mother who kindly & patiently attempted to calm my fears and concerns. We tried several different remedies, to no avail this thing didn't seem to want to go away. Even the Doctor wasn't sure if it was a callous or a wart but it was stubborn thing. One night while we sat to watch TV, she looked at me and asked me, "Do You Know that I love you?!" I said, "Yes, I do Mommy" ( I mean, of all things, I was so sure of this...the woman exuded Love for us and so did my Dad for that matter). She said, "Did you also know that LOVE is the most powerful force in the Universe?!" Not wanting to defy her and it seemed to make perfect sense, I said, "Yeah?!". She followed this up by saying, "I am going to heal this for you with MY LOVE!" She sat there for a good 20 minutes holding my hand & gently rubbing the spot where the unwanted thing appeared. Every night, when we sat to watch a program, she would grab my hand & rub rub, rub! One night, she went to grab my hand and exclaimed, "Susan!, Its gone! I cant find it! I told you LOVE would take care of it!" I still remember, jumping up and wrapping my arms around her neck! You would have thought we won the lottery or something the way we squealed and carried on!
So you see, God revealed something to me last night, In His gentle & Loving way, using whatever is in my experience at the moment to bring me to where I needed to be. I was reminded of this LOVE and I clearly heard and felt in my spirit, "Many have trouble forgiving others , Many have trouble Loving themselves!" If God commands us to Love our neighbors as we LOVE ourselves, shouldn't we, at the very least be able to really LOVE ourselves! I am not talking about conceit, selfishness or narcissism. I am talking about that kind of Love like you have for a child, or for a lover, for a pet or along those lines. In your eyes, they are deeply cared for, appreciated, desired, longed for, coveted and sacred! Imagine with me for a minute if you could become the Object of Your Own Affection?!
That's what God revealed to me. As Ye believe so shall you receive. If you are holding things against yourself, its going to make your existence a very difficult, sad and challenging journey! After all, You did the very best you could given the set of tools and information you had. What if you decided right now, that being a Child of the Most High God is enough?! After all, Jesus came and died for you knowing everything you ever did or ever will do! He desperately LOVES us this much, ought we not reflect this back to our inner man, and decorate the inward vessel with these banners of Love?! Yes, we all make mistakes, some worse than others. Once they are done, they should be repented over, and covered by this love. except many go on to further discuss, relive, re hash, over & over, picked apart and re-invented as tools for torment. Do not let the Devil use YOU against you! You are Christ's, purchased by the BLOOD, His property and He tells us so!
Let this Love permeate you today! Begin focusing this deep love you have for external recipients and point it inward. Be kind to yourself, love yourself, forgive yourself, be patient with yourself, give the benefit of the doubt, give yourself another chance, root for the best of you, expect good things to come and encourage yourself!
*Psalms 139:14, "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."
*Isaiah 43:25, "I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins."
*Hebrews 12:15, "Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled."
*Psalms 103:12, "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us."
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