Get Your Soul Fit
Happy Monday Friends =)
If you have read any of my past blogs, you may have some understanding of difficulties I have gone through emotionally the past 5 years or so. There have been many struggles in my life, and many have related to church. I am very happy that through these various scenarios I am able to remember that God is not the church - God is perfection and will always be there. He is constant and that is such a comfort. Humans, fallible as we are, are judgmental and insecure creatures - and it is WE who make up the church.
I am unhappy to report, that I still struggle with some of these past issues, and this week I had a long conversation with my husband about it. I, like many of you perhaps, want people to like me. I enjoy having friends and I love spending time with people. It still hurts sometimes, when I remember having "friends" I believed I could count on who hurt me very deeply. More than that, it hurts when I believe these people are sincere Christians and yet they don't seem bothered by the hurt they caused. I cannot control them, and I cannot re-do the past. All I can do is be in charge of my own actions and this....THIS is what bothers me even more than losing those friendships....my resistance to forgive without forgiveness being asked for.
The sermon this Sunday came at an opportune time. All these thoughts and frustrations were running through me Saturday night and on Sunday, the words from the pastor really hit home. The sermon series is called "Get Fit" and this particular week was about how we get our souls in shape.
The part I want to share is Ephesians 3:14-19
For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
He made the point that if our inner life is strong, if our souls are strong, then it doesn't matter what happens in our outer life, we can still be content. So how do we do it? Meditate on the width, length, height and depth of God's love for us.
Width - God's love is for EVERYONE. It eliminates the possibility for judgment, racism, and the feeling of worthlessness.
Length - God will never forsake us, no matter what we do - we cannot outrun Him, He will always find us and love us and be there.
Depth - Jesus descended to rescue us - He brought Himself down to our level and became a human, giving up everything for us. He died for the sins of the ENTIRE world, and experienced that pain in our place
Height - Where God wants to take us. We will be like God, and we will be with Him for all eternity. He wants us to enjoy what He enjoys and to share all of His riches, and love with us in the end.
What a great reminder for me this week. Where does insecurity, self-pity, and depression fit into this? It doesn't - it can't! I'm going to be working on filling my soul with positive thoughts and whipping it back into shape spiritually. How silly to worry about the past. How blessed I am, and how wonderful my life is. He has brought me through - and what a beautiful reminder of the future God has in store for us!
To hear the sermon click HERE