posted on August 17, 2014 23:56
"I should go and spend a little time with Joyce. I don’t really want to, but I should.” Those very words came out of my mouth at the prompting of the Holy Spirit. No, seriously, they did, and it was God. I’d spent about 25 minutes on the phone with someone who had been stronger in her faith than at that moment. She realized it and wanted it back. She’d said, “But I don’t know how!” at least ten times. I’d patiently tried to explain “how” every way that I could, then I finally listened to the Holy Spirit. He told me “how” to get through.
After a couple seconds, she said, “Why? Don’t you love her?” I replied, “Oh, so you DO get it!?” She did get the point. Christianity really isn’t much about “how”, but “Who.” When we don’t know “how”, all we really have to know is “Who.” Christianity is NOT at all about should and should not, but we tend to think of it that way. It is ALL about love and why we do the things that we do.
If you’re ever in the “should” mode, please stop and ask Him why you’re in that miserable place. The Holy Spirit will tell us why when we’re serious and when ready to get out of there. What’s more, He will help us with the “how.” Once we experience how much He loved us, and still loves us, “how” becomes very clear. It’s ALL about love.
1 John 4:19 — We love Him, because He first loved us.
Of course, I immediately went to Joyce after that phone conversation and told her about it, lest there be some miscommunication about it later. If we get the point in our personal relationships, how can we miss it in our most important relationship – the one with God? When we are in love with someone, we naturally want to know them, find what pleases them, and do that. We want to spend time with them; we hang on every word that they say. We become “students” of them.
1 John 1:9 — If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
One point about Robin Williams’ suicide: He tried to forgive himself, but found it is impossible. God’s love and forgiveness weren’t enough; he tried to do it himself. How desperate, hopeless and sad is that out-come, when we try. Let God forgive! He promised He would!