And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. — 2 John 1:6 (NIV)
Adapted from the resource Trusting God Day by Day – by Joyce Meyer
I remember one Sunday years ago when my pastor encouraged the congregation to take a moment to say hello to a few people, and even give them a hug and tell them we loved them. I looked down the row where I was sitting and saw a woman who had hurt me deeply. I strongly sensed the Holy Spirit prompting me to give her a hug and let her know I loved her. Walking over to her and saying, “I love you” took everything I had! I can’t guarantee I was totally sincere in that moment, but I was doing my best to be obedient to God, so I did it for Him.
Several months later, God led me to give one of my favorite possessions to that same woman. “Now, God,” I responded, “I don’t mind giving it away. I mean, I really would like to keep it, but if You’re going to make me give it away, at least let me give it to someone I like so I can enjoy seeing her with it!” God replied to me: “Joyce, if you can give her that, if you can give your favorite possession to someone who really hurt you and is least deserving of it, you will break the power of the enemy in your life. You will destroy his plan to destroy you.”
We don’t take steps of obedience and overcome difficult times because we feel like it, or because we think obedience is a good idea. We do it because we love God, we know He loves us, we want to obey Him, and we know His ways are always the best for us. Whatever issues you’re facing right now, or in the future, I urge you to confront and face them head-on. Receive His grace and wisdom, and move forward in His strength. Remember, the hard things are working for your good, and God will use them to equip you for greater things. Embrace each day with a conqueror’s attitude, and you’ll find yourself in a place of more maturity, wisdom, and ability than you’ve ever known.
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me take the hard steps You’re asking me to take. Thank You for giving me the grace and wisdom I need for each situation! In Jesus’ Name, amen.