Saturday, January 2, 2010

It's Just Like His Great Love



This past week I had been struggling with anger toward a friend. I thought my anger was justified...that I had every "right" to be angry, as this person had "offended me".
But in truth my anger was worse then the person's "offense."
I stayed miserable and bitter for two awful days.

I didn't like my attitude and I prayed and prayed for God to "fix" the "offense".

By day three I awoke and the first thing was bitter and angry thoughts, and it scared me that I was thinking in such a way about someone I cared for very much. As the morning progressed I was realizing my foolishness! (much to my parent's counsel!) I realized I had no "right" to be angry!

I begged God to forgive me and restore joy and peace in my heart.

By the evening I put aside dumb my pride and realized I was the one at fault rather then my friend, and I apologized for my bitterness and my anger. The "offense" was not an offense at all. Merely a circumstance that God allowed to teach me a very big lesson. He needed to teach me what Biblical love is.

The Love Christ shows is....

Is Initiated first by Himself (I John 4:9-11)
Is enduring (Psalm 106:1)
Is verbalized (Jeremiah 31:3)
Is compassionate (Psalm 112:4)
Is demonstrated by action (Romans 5:8)
Does what is best for us (Romans 8:28)
Is self-sacrificial (Phil 2:7-8)
Involves treasuring us, even though we are not worthy (Isaiah 42:1)
Is not based on performance (Psalm 103:10)


I found this in a book a long time ago and wrote it down...now the source will make you laugh, but I'm so glad I discovered it! It has been such a blessing! This is from "The Excellent Husband" . Now that you feel puzzled... :)

This circumstance caused a strengthening in my friendship with this person! Once I apologized the bitter and angry thoughts went away, and God gave me joy indescribable!

Pr 17:9
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love;

Pr. 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Pr 17:22
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

God even gave me a song too!!!!

It's Just Like His Great Love

1. A friend I have called Jesus, Whose love is strong and true,

And never fails howe’er ’tis tried, no matter what I do;
I sinned against this love of His, but when I knelt to pray,

Confessing all my guilt to Him, the sin-clouds rolled away.

2. Sometimes when clouds of trouble bedim the sky above,

I cannot see my Savior’s face, and doubt His wondrous love;

But He, from heaven’s mercy-seat, beholding my despair,

In pity bursts the clouds between, and shows me He is there.


3. When sorrow’s clouds o’ertake me, and break upon my head,

When life seems worse than useless, and I were better dead;

I take my grief to Jesus then, nor do I go in vain,

For heav’nly hope He gives that cheers like sunshine after rain.


4. Oh, I could sing forever of Jesus’ love divine,

Of all His care and tenderness for this poor life of mine;

His love is in and over all, and wind and waves obey,
When Jesus whispers, “Peace, be still!” and rolls the clouds away.


Refrain: It’s just like Jesus to roll the clouds away,
It’s just like Jesus to keep me day by day,

It’s just like Jesus all along the way,

It’s just like His great love.




2 comments:

George said...

Those words to the song were encouraging, thank you Becca! And praise the Lord for the attitude change! He is so good!
Love,
Haley

God's Been Good said...

Rebecca,
Thanks for awarding me! I have awarded you too! you don't have to worry about posting it, but just wanted to let you know that you are an encouragement! Thanks for that post. The Lord is so good to teach us lessons sometimes! If it wasn't for the love of God...God is truly good! As for your other question when you left you comment the other day, Jonathan and I have been courting for a month and one day! You can look back on some of my December posts...that's when I posted about it! I am so excited about the Lord is doing in our lives!

Jennifer