Daily Devotional – 1/28/14 “Love me like God does!”

When we wake up in the morning, we sometimes forget to thank God yet He wakes us again the next day. When we’re rushing through our day, we sometimes forget to acknowledge God, yet He still protects us. When we’re having a moment of stupidity doing things we shouldn’t be doing, God is still willing to forgive us, if we ask. When we forget to bless our food before we eat, God still allows it to not harm us and then He still gives us an appetite for more the next time. When we have more bills than money and we worry even though we’re not supposed to, God still sees us through. When folk talk about us and friends walk away, God is still there. When we don’t give Him his due 10%, He still blesses us with an income from somewhere. When we’re too mean to acknowledge him, He still acknowledges us. Even after doing things we shouldn’t do, going places we shouldn’t go and saying things we shouldn’t say; God still sees fit to bless out raggedy selves. Yet, here we are; after we’ve been forgiven, we won’t forgive. After our pasts have been erased, we can’t forget. After we’ve been blessed, we can’t help anybody else. After we’ve been healed and delivered, we won’t tell it. After it’s been given to us, we won’t share it. After we’ve made it to the top, we won’t reach down and pull somebody else up. After we’ve made it over the obstacles that were in our way, we won’t go back for anybody else. After we’ve been picked up and dusted off, we won’t even bend to offer a hand. I mean, here we are living with the activity of our limbs, with not just a portion but with reasonable health and strength, limbs that work when you want them too, organs that still functioning even if you need medical help for them (sometime), a mind that’s still turning, blood that’s still warm and flowing, a place to lay your weary body with a mouth that sometimes speak what it shouldn’t and yet we still can’t love one another. Oh, but you still rep “Christ.” Child please! If God can love us as much as He does much, why can’t we love each other half as much? 1 Corinthians 13:7 says, “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

Yea, I know; you don’t have time to deal with other folk’s problems because you’re struggling and can’t seem to find the light at the end of the tunnel but God says, “I am the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6),” so keep walking until you see it. “Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants-what is good, pleasing, and perfect. (Romans 12:2)” Yea, death may have let himself into your home so many times lately but God says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28),” so hold on the tears will soon fade away. Yea, you may be waiting for confirmation from God but He says “when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind (James 1:6),” so ask like it’s already done! Let’s get back to loving each other the way we should because time isn’t standing still and death has no respect of person or age.

I may not have the strongest back, but I’ll pull you up when you fall. I may not have all of the answers but I’ll answer when you call. I may not be rich in the world, but if I got it and you need it, I’ll share. If you need a shoulder to cry on, ears to listen and arms to hold you, I’ll be right there. I may not be a perfect Christian because I’m an unfinished work of art so if I do something wrong, charge it to my head and not my heart. But don’t give up on me and I won’t give up on you. Let’s pray this thing out and allow God to see us through.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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