1 Corinthians 2:8-9 “None of the rulers of this age knew this wisdom, because if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written, What no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human heart has conceived—God has prepared these things for those who love him.” ~CSB
This devotion is dedicated to all of us who are concerned with what we look like in the eyes of others. There are those of us who cannot forgive because we cannot shake what has been done to us. There are those of us who cannot trust again because the last time we trusted we were hurt really bad.
I’m here to tell you to let go of those feelings. Our God is an amazing God and when we submit to His will and ways, we are covered. In other words, it is time to stop worrying about how we look in the eyes of our peers. It is time to be more concerned about how we carry ourselves and look in the eyes of God. When we do that, God will take every weapon formed against us and use it for His good. And because we love and trust in the Lord, it will be for our good as well.
“I don’t know if I can love again because I was so hurt last time.” Let go of that mentality. This time you are under protection. God commands us to love. Do not hold back. You put God first in your life, falling in love will prosper more that you can imagine. He will not let you fall.
“I cannot forgive this person because I can’t forget what they did to me.” Here is another mental position to release. We must remember that out of everything we have done in history that constitutes sin, God forgave us. He did that because He loves us. So much so that he sent His one and only Son to die for our sins. God forgave us even before we existed, so we must forgive.
“Ok, Billy, that all sounds good, but I’m still not convinced. I still feel the way I feel.” Then look closely at the scripture. God gives wisdom to all who seek it. But those who do not have a strong relationship with God, won’t see it. 2 Corinthians 3:16 says, “But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.” In the text, the rulers had a veil covering them so that they could not see. If they could see, they would not have “…crucified the Lord…”
When we submit to the Lord our veil is lifted, we begin to see what, “…God has prepared…” for those of us who love Him. Anything else anyone would do to us will be used by Him to fulfill His plans for us. Nothing can take away God’s promises from us! So go ahead and forgive! Go ahead and love again! God created you to have all of that in your life. His Son said that even though the, “…thief comes to steal kill and destroy…I have come so that you may have life and have it more abundantly…” (John 10:10)
God took the crucifixion and turned it into our salvation! He did that for us. Leave all your worries, fear and doubt at the cross. Pick up the gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) Use these gifts to get through the toughest barrier the enemy may put up. God has given you the power, and that power is fueled by love.
May God keep you under His protection as you journey in Jesus’ name.
Authors Billy & Yolanda
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