What I read today

Joshua 15-16; Psalm 101; Jeremiah 35; Acts 12; James 1

Hearing and doing what the word says.  James chapter 1 goes right to the heart of the matter, doesn’t it?

Hearing the Word of God is easy.  Listening to it on Sundays isn’t really all that difficult.  Reading it also isn’t that difficult.  We can even agree that studying the Word of God can be accomplished as well.

But applying it to ourselves, well that’s another story.

Let’s look at a couple of examples;

Slow to speak.  I wish.  Half the time I’m already formulating a response before the other person has finished speaking.  I’ve had to fight this my entire life.  Sometimes I walk away from a conversation and think what is wrong with me.  I also have the ability to dominate a conversation so strongly that I overshadow anyone who’s in the room.

Slow to anger.  Oh, I’ve fought this one my entire life.  Sometimes I’m angry before I even realize it’s happening.  I work on it, I try my best but then a car cuts in front of me or someone says something or does something and before you know it I’m mad.  Later I’ll be thinking, what the hell is wrong with me.  I’ll wish I could take it back but of course, I can’t.

I’ve struggled with this forever.  I pray to remove it but it never seems to go away.

We all have those things that are part of our lives we wish we could take away.  Those demons hid deep inside ourselves.  Those flaws in our character that we see but can’t seem to correct.

I wonder if they are there to remind us that we need Jesus.  To point us back to relying on someone who can save us from ourselves.


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