I have mentioned before that I have a “pleaser” mentality that has to be regularly crucified. However, on occasion I feel it must be resurrected. And the occasion is when it comes to my Lord.
I never want to deceive myself into thinking that I can do what “I” think is right and just expect that to be what He wants. I think of the Scripture that spoke of when Israel had no king and “everyone did as they saw fit.” It would be different if the Lord had not left us a specific Manual about Him and His ways. But He did!
It is not our job to come up with what we determine is right for our own lives, what fits us. We were created to worship Him, to fellowship with Him. And a huge part of worship is obedience. We must find out what pleases Him! And we must find out what turns His stomach…
Hate is a very strong word, and I will be the first to say that I would prefer my children not to use it flippantly. There are instances in the Word, however, that the Lord lets us know what He hates. I don’t want to tiptoe anywhere near that boundary. I want to please Him, not test how far He will love me.
We were created for Him, so let’s live His way.
Father, I want my heart to line up with Your Word. I want to love what You love, and I want to hate what You hate. May my heart be broken by what breaks Yours. I don’t want to live how I think is right and just ask You to bless that path. Lead me in Your paths of life, O God. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.