“For if you love [only] those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? And if you greet only your brothers [wishing them God’s blessing and peace], what more [than others] are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles [who do not know the Lord] do that? You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 5:46-48 AMP
after following the procedure found in the first part of this section.
Loving the unlovely.
Yesterday was filled with conversation with Holy Spirit.
I didn’t think I had heard him accurately.
“Did you say, camping? Or canning?
Camping, I love.
Canning, well, I don’t so much love.
I know Jesus is talking about people here, but people are connected to the things they think they love.
We camp out in the areas of comfort in our lives and I’m no stranger.
So when asked to do something I don’t love, I question whether or not that it’s God speaking.
But as you can see-
It was God speaking!
When I chose to make Jesus my Lord, I surrendered my loves.
I love what He loves.
He loves people.
When I chose to marry Dusty Weible, I surrendered my loves.
I love what he loves.
He loves canning!
Yesterday, the conversation with Holy Spirit ended with my mind renewed, or rather reminded, of what I meant when I said I do.
Surrender brings about the best, and the most blessed life.
There’s peace there.
Jesus never asks us to do anything that’s not for our Best interest.
When I’m constantly focused on me and what I want, then I’m never satisfied.
It will take something else from someone else to make me happy.
When I’m focused on what Jesus said and how that’s the greatest blessing in my life, I’m content and being perfected to act like My Father.
At least three times this week, the Spirit has confirmed that I’m to simply do, and say what I see my Father doing and saying.
Someone actually called me and said, “you act just like your dad!”
It caught me off guard at first, and then I said, “yes, you are absolutely right, I do!”
And so do you.
As we see Him in the Word, and choose to surrender to what we hear and see, we will be perfect as our Father is perfect.