A Devotional from my sweet sister, Pam. I hope you enjoy it!
Read: Matthew 18: 1-4 , Matthew 19:14
Matthew 18: 1-4 "At the time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 19:13-14 Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Yesterday, I discussed with my sister about having a bad day. Even though I gave no details, it was heavy on my heart and it felt like persecution. Now, my heart felt that way, but that feeling was being lead by emotions. This "persecuted" feeling stuck with me all last night.
This morning, I was reading my devotions, and God spoke to me from Matt. 18. In it, Christ was setting the example of letting "the little children" come to him. Now I know you are wondering "how does this match my feelings?" It's very simple, when people become angry with you, it is a brief moment in time. Little children are easy to forgive not only each other, but adults. Kids have a supreme ability to shrug things off and take things at face value. As adults, we tend to analyze things way too much and often.
I learned that I need to be just like that "child" coming to Christ. Run to him, not to the phone or others, and just let him rock the hurt away, like a child would. Then I can climb off his lap, and run and play like nothing ever happened. I want to be "childlike" in this respect.
Letting go of anger is a sore subject for me and personally hard. In the past, I would dwell on the hurt for days and days. I see now, through the help from the Holy Spirit, that I have grown in this area.
Praise God for his mercies every day!!!! How's that for growth!
Lord, how blessed we are to have a Savior that truly loves us unconditionally. Your mercies to us are new everyday. Help me, Lord, to continually seek you and be sensitive to your teachings. Amen
May 1, 2008