“Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boasful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth.It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.”- 1 Corinthians 13
What we expect: Intense burning for Christ. Prayer without ceasing. Effectively spreads God’s love to everyone you meet. Exuding God’s love 24/7.
What really happens: 30% of what we expect and 70% of feeling distant from God, prayer only when you need something, forgetting that you have a full time duty as a disciple.
How to be a perfect Christian: By continuing to pursue God. By recognizing that these highs and lows are inevitable on this sinful Earth. Your time on Earth is a test and the way to pass is to cling to Him to the best of your ability, which means returning to Him every time you grow distant. God knows that you are a post-Eden human; there is no such thing as perfection just yet!
No one is too broken that God cannot restore. No one is too lost or too far gone for God not to find. Sometimes we are too focused on ourselves; our failures, our awful past, our mistakes, our sins and we started to think that we have no hope and that God doesn’t want us anymore. We are too ashamed to even call on to God in prayer. We think we are unworthy and that we are not deserving of God’s love and mercy. That’s why God saved us through His amazing Grace (something we do not deserve but given to us) because God loves us so much, He gave His One and Only Son Jesus to pay for our sins.
God can make a new creation in you. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy that you cannot be changed because God can change you! In fact, He’s the only one who can make a new creation in you! Someone you never thought you can be. You may not see it now, but you just have to fix your eyes on Him. He’s not finished on you yet. You are His work in progress. He will make all things new and He will make a miracle of you!
We are His children, His beloved, in Him we are a NEW CREATION.
Revelation 21:5 (ESV)
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”