What I Read Today;
Romans 13; Matthew 13; Isaiah 21; Psalm 72; 2 Chronicles 33; Exodus 32
Sorry that I’ve been missing in action the past couple of weeks. I had a biopsy done a couple of weeks ago, and I have been dealing with problems from lung problems. The good news is that the biopsy shows no cancer. However, I’m still dealing with lung inflammation. I’m feeling better, so hopefully, I can get back on track.
As I was reading this morning, I read these words from Romans, chapter 13 vs. 8-14:
“Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not covet; and any other commandment, are summed up by this commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.
Besides this, since you know the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep because now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is nearly over, and the day is near; so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk with decency, as in the daytime: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to gratify its desires.” NIV
When you have a health issue, you find out quickly who truly cares about you. When you are lying in a hospital bed, it is those who call, text, and visit to show you who truly cares.
While many have taken the time to text and call, my wife never leaves my side. She is the one constant in my life. We married when we were just 19-year old kids in 1984. Today at 55, we’ve been through a lot together. Our love has only grown stronger as we have grown older together. I owe her a debt that I can never really repay, for the love she gives to me. That’s how a relationship works. The longer you are together, the more your love is supposed to grow.
We know in our sinful human condition that things don’t always work the way their supposed to in our world. Many don’t want to put in the work or make the sacrifices to make relationships work. Sometimes, things happen in our lives that change who we were when we married. Yet God’s design for relationships never changes.
So if we have a relationship with Christ, it should be growing closer to God as we grow older. But that requires a conscious effort on our part to “clothe ourselves in Christ,” every day. That means putting away the things of the world and focusing on the love that Christ has shown us.