Apr 11, 2012

Wednesday SHINE.....

Today's Reading: 1 John 2

Good morning, SHINE! It's worship Wednesday!

Wherever you are today, in your car, at home, at work, at school....worship the Lord! Turn up the radio, CD player, Ipod, or whatever you have a sing a song to the Lord!

Get down with some worship music today, girls!

So, can you tell I am a little excited? I love worship Wednesday. (obviously.)

How about 1 John, girls? Isn't it delicious?

As I read 1 John 2, I uncovered a treasure chest full of pure gold! Oh my goodness, so much to talk about. Where in the world do I even begin?

We could literally discuss these 29 verses found in chapter 2 for a year! So much good stuff. Oh, so much.

I'm going to go ahead and dive straight into the deep end of the pool with this one.

"Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him." I John 2:9-11

Whoa, hold your horses here. Are we talking about "love", again?

Oh, you can bet your last tube of your favorite lip gloss we are!

Last month, the month before, and the month before that, the Lord has been pounding our little heads and hearts about loving others. Our heads were just feeling better from being sore and here we go again.

I am pretty sure the Lord knows what trips us up, girls. It's our love walk. Hands down.

I see you looking around and wondering who I'm talking to....it's you. It's me, it's all of us.

Before I go any further, let me tell you something that happened to me yesterday at my favorite grocery store.

My favorite little grocery bagger was walking me to my car. I was asking about his grown children and his grandchildren and all about his Easter.

We have a history, he and I. I've been walking to my car with him for years, and he is just the sweetest little older man.

As he was unloading my goods into my trunk, he casually said the most racial remark. Good thing he was busy looking down when he said it because my face probably would have turned him to stone.

I was mortified. Shocked. Embarrassed by his ignorance.

I didn't respond to his remark. What I did do, was pray for him in my heart right then and there.

Suddenly, I was filled with sadness for this little older man. He was wrong. So wrong.

It broke my heart into a million tiny pieces.

I sat there listening as he kept talking about something. I don't even remember what he was saying, nor was I really listening at that point. I was in full-on conversation with Jesus asking Him what was I to do? Should I witness to this man? Should I tell him that his remark offended me?

I heard the Lord say loud and clear: "forgive him, Jill. he knows not what he says."

This phrase sounded awfully familiar. Where had I heard this before?

It was Jesus on the cross. As the people were hurling insults at Him, he asked the Father to forgive them. For they know not what they do.

Oh, girls. As badly as I wanted to tell this man off because of his ignorance, my Jesus was telling me to show him love.

I kindly smiled my best smile, told him goodbye and that I would be seeing him again soon. I pulled away in my car, and tears rolled down my cheeks.

This man (my grocery bagging friend) is walking in the dark. Completely. Not even a night light. Complete and utter darkness.

 But, who was I to judge him? I have certainly had my share of unloving ways.

Maybe I didn't say the ugly words out loud to my unlovables,  oh but you can be sure my heart was screaming all kinds of sin!

Girls, if we are going to shed this heavy coat of mediocrity, we must walk in love. Daily. We must walk in the glorious light of love with Him.

When we walk in the bright light of love with Him, we don't see color, status, or physical appearance. It's too bright to make out anything but pure love. Kind of like when you look directly at the sun. It's hard to see for a few minutes because the light has re-focused our eyes.

Maybe it's not a prejudice, maybe it's just a thorny person in our space. Maybe this person just rubs you in all the wrong ways. Maybe it makes you feel like an idiot to act like you are okay with this person and the things they do that get on your last nerve.

Does it really matter what they think or what anyone else thinks? If we are going to slough off this mediocrity layer and live in excellence, we must die to our pride, and our flesh. We must live to please God. God alone.

We must do things that go against our very "natural" self. Things that only the Holy Spirit could help us do. Things like loving our unlovables.

I want us all to take a close look at our love walk today. How are our relationships with the following folks:


  • our parents
  • our spouses
  • our children
  • our mother in laws
  • our father in laws
  • our siblings
  • our bosses
  • our co-workers
  • our neighbors
  • our friends or ex-friends that have hurt us
  • an ex-spouse
  • an ex-boyfriend
Maybe I have left off a few. Let God show you, girls. He will bring your attention to this area of disobedience if you ask Him. Trust me, He is chomping at the bit to show you!

Let's don't let something as simple, yet as profound as our love walk hinder us from being in the light. 

Light a fire in your heart today, girls. Ask God to burn off the ugly parts that are keeping you from completely walking in the light with Him. Oh, He will! He's got the matches out and He is ready to char some sin off of that pretty little heart of yours.

Dear Jesus,

Oh, Lord. We confess that our love walks really stink sometimes. It's such a struggle dealing with others in this world. People are different. I am different. You love us all the same. You are not a God of favoritism. Yet, we tend to show favoritism to your beloved children.

Forgive us. Cleanse us. Anoint us with the oil of  Your Love. Show us how to walk with You and beside You. The darkness was not made for us. Living in the Light with you is what we were created for. 

Let us crave You and not the world. Open our eyes to things unseen. Show us how to love like You, feel like You, and follow you. We don't want to be your "fans". We want to be Your followers. 

You are the Potter, we are the clay. Mold us, Jesus.

Let us make you proud. 

all our hearts together agreeing in the Precious Name of Jesus--the Son of God,

Amen.





7 comments:

Samantha said...
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Samantha said...

Shew, again this hits me hard - right between the eyes! I struggle with a select few in my life....I forgive again and again and again...I try not to harbor feelings of anger, and I try not to complain, but often times I fall short. I know the Holy Spirit has worked wonders in this area of my life and I have come a long way. Yet this morning I am hear the whisper in my ear and the tap on my shoulder that there is still work to be done! You are so right Jill....this go againist my "natural" self.....Praying He will burn off the ugly!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jill! I so needed to read this today. And thank you for the awesome prayer you prayed over us. Much love, Sarah

Terri Abbott said...

Yes Lord, make us your followers, your diciples! We don't want to be in the bleachers watching, we want to be players. Cut away what does not please you and plant true unconditional love in our hearts. Teach us to hear your voice after we call you and give us courage, strength and confidence to move in the direction you point us. I love you Lord. Plant us like a tree by the river of living water and let us say. We will not be moved! Come Holy Spirit, share the truth with us, comfort us and empower us to do the will of God our Father. Amen.

conny said...

Oh Jill once again God spoke to me thru you this journey with Shine girls it's being my daily bread .... I am struggle with love someone that hurt me so much I don't hate but I can feel love ... People the know my situation (recently divorce ) told me that I handle all this with grace nd kindness ... But because I still love my husband very much can't love the person who destroy my marriage still hurts much ... But I am no going to give up and keep try and pray for that person because I want to life in the light not in the darkness .. Please oh Lord help me to love like you love me ...
Conny

Women Who Pray said...

LORD, I just lift up Conny to You. I hear her heart, and I can't imagine the pain she's been through...but I know that You have her in Your hand. You have a special plan for her, LORD, that I can't see but because I know You and that Your plan for her is for good and not evil to give her a future and a hope...I know You will not only see her through...You will shine soooo brightly in her that many will come to know You because of her pure heart! I hear that heart like David and even Job that though You slay her she will still love You!! Thank You for Conny and for her life and her testimony. She overcomes by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of her testimony!! Praise God forevermore!!! In Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.

Anonymous said...

oh jill. you dont know me but i feel like i know you so well. i love your "bet your last tube of lip gloss" comment. such a good little message today. thanks so much!!!
melanie herrington