Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
Growing up in a Christ centered home there are a few key verses that are jammed into your head…
I’m not saying this is a bad thing, just as an adult I tend to skim over these verses and take them at face value. Similar to a nursery rhyme learned in rote memory.
However, today, in light of my current circumstances Romans 12:2 came pounding to the front of my ever-moving thoughts.
“Quit acting like them- you are not like them. Let God change the way you think, the way you feel, let God change your actions”
I guess rote memory verses do have a purpose when coupled with a lifetime of Godly example.
Lately I’ve been having a hard time truly forgiving. My actions are half hearted and my words un-genuine. I’m not sure I truly wish this person well.
Outwardly I’m saying yes to God, but inside I grow bitter with the day to day.
I am not allowing God to change the way I think. I am not allowing God to speak at all. I berate Him with all my justifications and feelings.
This is not a faith filled yes, a faith based way of living. That is copying the customs of this world because darn it I’m right and hurt.
Giving freely, letting go of expectations, choosing love…
And step one, like always for me, begins with the tongue.
No more lamenting or justifying or even complaining. No more re-living the hard or ugly.
I’m choosing God. I’m choosing love. I’m choosing to learn something from this if it’s the last thing I do (partially so God doesn’t feel the need to reteach this lesson)
I’m also choosing counseling because I’m not sure I can make it without an unbiased voice.