Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Genesis 9-11; Luke 4

Spend this year thinking about Jesus, relationships and unconditional love...that's what I journaled the other day. What it looks like I haven't a clue...other than the obvious doing CE and becoming very familiar w/the gospel of Mark along w/the other daily reading.
Looking at relationships and having to see the ones neglected and yet in Genesis 1:36 For nothing is impossible w/God...a hope that encourages me to persevere.
And unconditional love....again dependent on YOU to guide me, to learn and realize how much I experience and in the experiences/ experiencing, living in them trusting that YOU guide me.....
I don't know, maybe I am making it too simple?? And in reality it is flippin HARD.....??
Luke 4: 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. "Isn't this Joseph's son?" they asked...... 42 At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.
Gracious words.....not sure anyone would or could say that about me and yet with the gift of encouragement isn't it what I should be saying...gracious words?? That's not to say when the situation demanded it Jesus wasn't honest....and in his honesty was rebuke?
Of course with the demons.....Luke 4: 35"Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly....
and in the midst of temptation he spoke / used the words of the OT/ Deuteronomy......

Looking at Jesus.......He knew the OT and simply used the power in those words to get rid of the demon tempting him. In encouraging the people He used the words of Isaiah, the prophecy of Isaiah, never stood on who HE was, used the words already known to the people.....He was about doing His Fathers work, pointing others to Him.....in that was what He needed, be it gracious words or rebuke?? Is that it for us as well now? Can we trust the Holy Spirit to guide our words and responses?? What would that look like?
ALOT more quiet and dead spaces in my conversations I can imagine, ME doing more listening and seeking to understand and listening for what to say and KNOWING that I would hear it???? Spending more time in solitude a solitary place????
I don't know sounds kinda out there and yet .........??? Sounds too easy and too hard all at the same time.....

3 comments:

MaryAnn M said...

its all about LOVE

Love Him...Love others with that same Love.

my resolution for this year.

So I Go said...

maybe, but i think you're asking the right questions, which clues me into the fact that you're probably much further along than the rest of us.

forget anyone over at WWF.. you're my favorite wrestler of all time. don't ever stop, ok?

Melissa said...

Being more Christlike is hard...what a selfish bunch we are...I pray for boldness, a strong spiritual backbone, but also the ability to show true compassion and great love for people! Let us all be Christlike this year!