Mantra Monday

Love God & Love Others

 

 
Going through some prayers in my prayer binder recently, has me thinking about my church’s motto: Love God + Love Others
 
Sounds simple, huh?
Yeah, until I get hurt by someone or something…
Then it’s not so simple.
 

The section in my binder that’s dedicated to praying for myself to be a better person has some fabulous statements:

  • Lord, even in difficult circumstances and with difficult people, help me to love others just as you love us.
  • God is both light and love. Therefore, we should love one another.
  • Fill me with your Spirit, Lord, so that I will bear the fruit of peace in all my relationships and responsibilities.
  • The world thinks of peace as an absence of conflict. But Jesus explained that the peace He gives is different from the peace the world gives. At times, we will face conflict, but the Holy Spirit can still cause the fruit of peace to ripen and make us receive that inner peace, the “peace of mind and heart” that Jesus promised. This inner peace reveals a trust in God’s goodness and sovereignty even in the most “unpeaceful” situations.
  • Lord, you promise that the Holy Spirit in our life will produce the fruit of peace. I pray that this fruit will ripen in my life so that I will be able to experience that inner peace no matter what conflicts I face.
  • Many people can live “good” lives by society’s standards, but to have the goodness of Christ himself is to have the ability to show goodness even to those who don’t deserve it, to react with goodness to those who hurt us, in order to reflect God’s goodness like a light shining in the darkness.
  • I pray that goodness will guide my actions and reactions throughout my life.
  • We need patience in order to respond in a godly way to difficult people around us and to do God’s will in this imperfect world.
  • LET ME BE ABLE TO ENDURE WITHOUT COMPLAINT AND GRUMBLE AT THE WEAKNESSES AND SHORTCOMINGS OF OTHERS.

Man oh man, that last one is a slap in the face isn’t it? I seem to forget at times that even if I’m not saying distructive thoughts outloud, God still knows!
I need to be able to endure harsh words, mean motives, gossip/lies, situations that don’t go my way, etc…WITHOUT complaint and grumble.
(no matter if it’s spoken or thought)
 
Are you struggling with trials and tribulations today? Spend some special time with God and I promise you, those burdens will lift off of your shoulders!
 
Stop lugging around the dead weight of doubt, anger, blame, unforgiveness, and anything that doesn’t make yourself and God happy. Give it all to Him, because He will gladly carry the weight of your load.


 
*Interested in making a prayer binder for yourself? Click here to visit my post sharing how to make one with free printables!*
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5 Comments

  1. April 8, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    You’re so right! It’s all fun and easy to be positive and love everyone, until you get your feelings hurt. Easier said than done! But, once you get over that bump in the road, you feel so much better about yourself 🙂

    • April 9, 2013 / 11:48 am

      Exactly… but also with circumstances.

      I had a good friend in mind when writing this. She is facing family health issues plus other obstacles…and throughout my own difficulties the only thing that keeps me sane is remembering that I cannot change anything about anyone else or past circumstances. I can only change my reactions to them.

      xoxo 🙂

  2. April 8, 2013 / 10:25 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. I might as well copy that right on over to my blog.

  3. April 9, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    Totally agree.

    Our church’s theme for 2013 is so similar: Love people like God loves people.

    And yes, it is so tough for me. But each day is a new begining =)

    (PS- I nominated you for a Liebster Award)

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