We know that we can always reach out to GOD. Even though He is POWERFUL and full of WISDOM, He is our Father and He wants us to come to Him as His little children. His strength IS made perfect in our weakness. He understands us and He knows we cannot be perfect. What He asks of us is to seek Him, receive His SON, and lean upon Him.
If God can embrace all people and offer compassion, as Christians we should do the same with others. We should be approachable and loving. We should also be real with people. It’s fine to let them see that our faith is strong, but they need to know that we still experience all the emotions and struggles and pain that affect everyone. We need to show them that we DO understand that life can be unfair and ugly at times and there will be days that we want to scream and cry, too.
As a matter of fact, we need to give ourselves permission to be human, too. Sometimes, I think we feel because we want so much to be good Christians we think we have to be ‘up’ and positive all the time. It can be exhausting and it might also keep others from seeking our help and learning about God from us. People are drawn to those who understand their problems and they will run in the opposite direction if they feel we have all the answers and never succumb to weaknesses.
And, as my dear friend, Sharon, reminded me, we need to be real with God. He knows our hearts and He already knows what we are feeling, so we may as well be open with Him. We are His beloved children and He wants to comfort us, inspire us and encourage us. He wants to be close to us. He’s ‘raised’ us and He will continue to guide us throughout our lives as long as we keep the communication open.
So, my prayer for all of us is: May we be real… with each other, with ourselves and with our Father.
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Beautiful moving expression shared so tenderly from your Beautiful redeemed heart,Dear Sister!Beautifully written!
Thanks for sharing!
Happy Resurrected Sunday to You&Tom and all Your Family!
With Much Love,
I agree with every word you wrote here Sis. Being real with God and others means we are honest enough to admit that we are sinners saved by grace and faith, and not of our own good works. It's our transparency of our weaknesses that draws others to us, and not our pretense of being so right with God that we can never go wrong. Thanks for this godly insight and for being real with God and us who know you. Love, Gloria
AMEN to all you wrote here Peggy. We most certaninly DO need to be real with each other and real with God. God wants us to love and help each other and if we are not being real how will we be able to do that. You have shown a lot of wisdom and forethought in this article. As far as being real with God it is a relationship and we should be able to share our heart and our feelings with God as well with one another. Great article. I love you, Sharon