I was exhilarated. “I did it!” I exclaimed aloud for only my beloved handicapped doggies in my latest motel room on the road for Jesus to hear. And, Jesus, of course. He heard! Oh, yes He did! And it was only by His grace I had cause for celebration.
I had come to a crossroads in a particular situation. I had gotten upset about one of the dog’s behavior for the umpteenth time. Thanks to his never stopping the bad behavior – for years. And thanks to my being easily upset. Then something new happened. I reprimanded him, yes. But then instead of falling into anger and irritability and a bad mood and becoming unable to properly do my ministry work that day as a result, I chose another pathway.
The pathway of righteousness. The pathway that the Lord sets before us all. The pathway of obedience. The pathway of His greatest commands to love Him with all our hearts and others as ourselves. The path of growing in His image. Him who is God who is Christ who is Lord who is Savior who is love. The pathway of love. The way of love.
I submitted myself to His Holy Spirit reminding me not to go down the path of staying in anger, becoming bitter, moaning and complaining and feeling sorry for myself that I have had for years to bend over backwards caring for special needs doggies. Instead of the pathway of self, of flesh, of bowing down to Satan who stood before me dangling the bait of falling into pride, self-righteousness, arrogance, self-centeredness, etc., I bowed down to holy, righteous, merciful, almighty God. And I yielded myself to His ways. To His will. To His love. He – yes HE, not myself – gave me the strength to choose the right way. His way. The way of love.
Yes, I chose the way of love! As I need to learn to do each and every day. As we all need to do. For the crossroads of flesh and the way of the Lord is set before us for all of our lives on this earth. Which way will we choose each and every moment? Trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and obeying His commands? Choosing to love and forgive and be merciful no matter what we face, or choosing the way of the devil, the world’s ways, the way of the flesh?
We are to choose Christ. We are to choose love. And that, my friend, when we do, is a cause for celebration. Celebrating not ourselves. But celebrating Jesus. Celebrating the Lord. Rejoicing in Him and in that He will give us all we need to follow Him day by day and forever. Celebrating that His way is the way of love. That He is love. Forever and ever Christ! Forever and ever love!
May we choose life! May we choose love! May we choose Jesus! And His ways forevermore, AMEN!
Please note in one of the verses below that we are to LIVE THROUGH THE LORD. We receive ETERNAL LIFE WITH THE LORD through Him. And we are also to LIVE THROUGH HIM on this earth. And, through Him, as in another verse below, we can do all things – including to love as He calls us to love! He will give us the strength to love, to forgive, and to do all to which He calls us. Hallelujah, AMEN!
Thank you Father, for victory. So many times over the years I wanted to quit and almost did because of all my stumbles and falls, but you forgave me each time I repented. And you gave me the resolve to learn day by day to walk in your ways not the world’s. Father, for every person reading this, and for myself, teach us to love you with all our hearts, to love others as ourselves, to humble ourselves before you, to treat others and to treat animals, too, and all that you place in our hearts, hands, and lives, the way you desire us to do. With love and mercy! And may you get the glory for the times we do right instead of wrong, for teaching us to walk according to the leading of your Spirit according to your Bible. The victory is yours, Father, and we choose to celebrate you, Jesus, forever and ever, may we glorify you forevermore, AMEN!
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:4
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:7-11
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13