God is doing things in my heart and life right now. I’m trying to get out of my own way and let Him take over completely. This is a daily, moment by moment struggle for me to give up control over things and let Him take them from me.
I have been deliberately reading different news articles and have even flipped over to the news radio channel on Sirius XM while driving to work the other day. I am opening my eyes and ears and exploring what is going on in our nation and world. I am so tempted to step back and block it all out. I want to scream and cry at the same time. There are so many horrific and unimaginable things going on. My heart is broken and my spirit is sad. HOW? WHY? I just don’t understand, I cannot wrap my brain around just how fallen and sinful and ugly this world and society have become. There is so much I don’t even know where or how to begin praying for all of this.
Of all the terrible news, events and politics out there right now the one topic that digs deep into my heart is abortion. The horrific act of cutting a child out of a mothers womb and killing it is sickening and barbaric. I read about one woman in particular who is in her 50’s, past child bearing years and she has had one pregnancy in her life and she aborted that child. I feel so much anger and sadness when I read this that I almost cannot even think clearly. I feel blinded by the emotions this evokes in me. She had this wonderful gift of life from God and she chose to kill it!?!?! I think of the small, innocent baby who had his life taken away by the one person meant to protect him and love him unconditionally. My own sinful instinct is to be angry towards this woman, to hate her and judge her for this awful thing she has done. But I am wrong and am struggling with how to handle these powerful emotions I experience.
God tells us to forgive and to love one another.
I am so blinded by my own emotion I fail to see her for who she is, she is a beloved child of God just like I am. She is a sinner as am I. Jesus died for her sins the same as for mine. I need to work on my own heart and learn how to reach out to someone like that in love and offer support and forgiveness and not lash out in anger and condemn them. That is not my job, God is the only one in a position to judge and one day we will all stand before Him. Her sin is no worse than mine. It is difficult to admit and recognize this. The human in me wants to place a hierarchy on the sins we commit and point fingers and throw around blame. I have to acknowledge that there is no difference in the severity, a sin is sin. I beg His forgiveness and seek His mercy and grace everyday why should do I not turn around and extend that same forgiveness and mercy to others? I should do this and I don’t ——>I fail God everyday.
“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:18
Abortion is wrong, it is evil, it is murder of our most helpless and innocent. Recently during a counter culture study I learned that 1.6 babies are murdered every single SECOND in this country! Those individuals who perform abortions, promote abortions and have had abortions need our love mercy and forgiveness——>they need our PRAYERS!
If we reach out to them with the love of Christ rather than lashing out in anger then maybe we can bring them to know Christ.
Let me be the light on the hill shining the love of Christ for others.
Now that my eyes are being open to the world around me I can recognize why I have sheltered myself and stayed protected in my bubble. Seeing and knowing the things that are going on in the world around me is painful and I know that I cannot stop it or fix it alone. I feel I am powerless and helpless to the pain and suffering, feeling this way is difficult. I admit my initial feeling is defeat but am beginning to feel EMPOWERED. I see clearly now that I need to start on my knees. I should not feel powerless when I have a Mighty God standing with me and for me.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
“I can do all this through Christ who gives me STRENGTH.”Philippians 4:13
All we need to do is cry out to Him!
He is mighty and holy and powerful!
Father, You are so wonderful and mighty. Thank You for all You have done and continue doing. Thank You for Your mercy, grace and love. Thank You for sending Your son. In my own humanity I cannot change the evil that surrounds us. I ask and pray for the power of the HOLY SPIRIT to fill me and work through me. You know the compassion and conviction in my heart, recharge my spirit and body to serve You effectively. Empower me to help and heal in whatever way You call me to do. Lord let me bring glory to You in all that I do. Please grant me strength, courage and wisdom. I pray for clarity and discernment in when to speak and what words to say. I pray for this fallen world, please God give me the audacity to shine the light of Your love to those around me. I pray that this country works effectively and successfully to put an end to abortion, I pray to You, Father I cry out to You for all the pregnant women and unborn babies, let them live! I pray that if there is something I can do to even save one of these precious lives that I will be led by You in my words and actions without hesitation. ~In Jesus Name~ AMEN