Jesus, be my FIRST Love always
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“LEAD WITH YOUR EARS” – “be quick to listen”
“FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR TONGUE” — “slow to speak”
“LET ANGER STRAGGLE ALONG IN THE REAR” — “slow to become angry”
“IN SIMPLE HUMILITY, LET OUR GARDENER, GOD, LANDSCAPE YOU WITH THE WORD, MAKING A SALVATION-GARDEN OF YOUR LIFE.” (1:21 MSG)
With each heart that comes to know You, Lord, there’s a cleanup project before You. The sin that separates me from You is what You take away. Then, there’s all the “moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent” (NIV) or the “spoiled virtue and cancerous evil” (MSG) that You wait for me to throw in the garbage, to get rid of. When I cooperate with Your renovation work, my heart accepts and welcomes the Word that You’ve planted in me.
“DO NOT MERELY LISTEN TO THE WORD, AND SO DECEIVE YOURSELVES. DO WHAT IT SAYS.” (v 22 NIV)
Let me not fool myself into thinking that I’m a listener in those times when I’m anything but, when I’ve let Your Word go in one ear and out the other. I want to ACT on what I hear. When I’ve looked into the mirror of Your Word, I want to go away remembering the reflection of Jesus that I saw and to have Him be reflected in my life.
“REAL RELIGION… REACH OUT TO THE HOMELESS AND LOVELESS IN THEIR PLIGHT, and GUARD AGAINST CORRUPTION FROM THE GODLESS WORLD.” (v 27 MSG)
You have called me to a life of faithfulness and witness, Father. It is You who equips me to REACH OUT to others. You point out the needs and You guide me in affecting those needs. It is You who helps me to “KEEP [MYSELF] FROM BEING POLLUTED BY THE WORLD” (v 27 NIV). Only You can keep my mind keen and perceptive of the ways in which this world tries to sway my thinking away from Your will. Protect my mind, Lord–especially from the influences I can be oblivious to at times. Keep me rooted in Your Word–Your means of renewing my mind. Keep landscaping my life until I’m just like Jesus. Amen.