And then I open todays reading and 1 Thessalonians 4 Living to Please God 1Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.
So talking about God...living to please God....not sure they are one and the same but this morning it just...it just feels good to read it.
But talking about Him...my actions, my life has to match up with what I talk about in order NOT to be a hypocrite?? Or maybe I will always be that or maybe ... I don't know... this giving up KNOWING ALL is killing me.....
1 Thess. 4: 9 Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brbrothers, to do so more and more. 11 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
1 Thess. 5: 12 Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. 16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not put out the Spirit's fire; 20 do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22 Avoid every kind of evil.
So passion is OK.....living life focused on YOU creates in me passion.....warn those who are idle, encourage the timid....be patient w/everyone....ahhhh I don't think I do this.....or maybe I do or or or.....see this is the problem w/being emotional......I want when it is good to ALL BE GOOD and that can't be...so not throwing the fit anymore but not really listening either.......still kind of all about me.....HOW DO I BECOME ABOUT YOU???
Focus on YOU......plain and simple focus on YOU....2 Thess. 3;5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance.
That pretty much lays it out there...focused on You and then all credit and glory goes to YOU....for someone who makes everything about ME......that clears alot of things up!! Thank You Father for all of it....Your Son, Your Spirit, Your Word...all of it giving HOPE......And if you get the chance find it...listen to it ...Casting Crowns - Love Them Like Jesus
Just love them like Jesus, carry them to Him His yoke is easy, His burden is light You don't need the answers to all of life's questions Just know that He loves them and stay by their side Love them like Jesus