Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
If it feels right and good it may not be from God. It’s okay to be uncomfortable with the word of God and incorporated teachings of Jesus Christ.
God knows our frailties and attempts at being perfect. He knows how much we want to be right and figure things out; how we want to justify our actions. God knows how hard we work at organizing things and putting everything together to come up with the right formula or the perfect deal.
He knows us completely. 1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].
Our knowledge will someday pass away. It will lose its value and be superseded by truth. No matter how much it hurts, the first and foremost thing to do is receive Christ. Submit to Him. Love Him, because He first loved us. His love will not fade away or lose its effectiveness at the first sign of problems or rebellion.
He wants us to know him. Not to assume we do. When we were children, we were punished or disciplined. In some cases, we cried. We felt real pain. Our feelings were hurt. Our pride was hurt. Sometimes our bottoms were hurt.
If we had no parents to raise us, if we had bad parents, or if our parents allowed us to do anything and didn’t know how to discipline us, or were irrational in their discipline, the hurt was inevitable and greater.
God knows and watches everything. He has us in the palm of his hands. When we submit to him, it might hurt, we might cry, and we might even feel angry thinking it’s not fair. But in the end, his discipline will bring us joy, love, peace, understanding, and all good spiritual gifts.
1. Keep your faith alive. There is nothing you can do that will make you any more righteous than to have faith in Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:28 For we hold that a man is justified and made upright by faith independent of and distinctly apart from good deeds (works of the Law). [The observance of the Law has nothing to do with justification.]
2. Stay close to the vine. The closer you draw to Christ, the more you will see the results of goodness in your life.
John 15:5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
3. Make sure everything you teach, say, and do lines up with the word of God. Do not think or allow others to think that your teaching apart from Christ means anything. You may have come up with a formula but unless it lines up with the word, you will have problems.
Isaiah 64:6 For we have all become like one who is unclean [ceremonially, like a leper], and all our righteousness (our best deeds of rightness and justice) is like filthy rags or a polluted garment; we all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away [far from God’s favor, hurrying us toward destruction].
4. Submit, humble yourself, and return. Remember God knows everything about you. He loved you in your sinful state. It’s just a matter of turning to him for answers, correction, and direction.
John 1:9 There it was–the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person.
1 Corinthians 8:3 But if one loves God truly [ with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of His blessing], he is known by God [ recognized as worthy of His intimacy and love, and he is owned by Him].
5. Let your discomfort be a sign to question what you know about love, life, and the light of Christ. Sometimes all it takes is to forgive. Sometimes to get rid of bitterness. Let go and trust God to heal you completely from the inside out.
James 5:13-15 Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out.
2 Timothy 2:22 Shun youthful lusts and flee from them, and aim at and pursue righteousness (all that is virtuous and good, right living, conformity to the will of God in thought, word, and deed); [and aim at and pursue] faith, love, [and] peace (harmony and concord with others) in fellowship with all [Christians], who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart.