God is the great Confronter; an instigator of holy friction, a devastator of fool’s pride. His love is not a hammer though; it’s the offer of a warm touch amidst the turbulence of a free-falling heart.
May you remember that judgement and condemnation are not the same thing——God is the good judge – the determiner of what is good and what is sickness. He will fight for our wholeness with divine passion when He sees that what we’re holding onto is death—— Despite how circumstances may look or feel, God is not a hammer. The moment we relent to His invitation of wholeness, we will find nothing but loving arms waiting for us——You are not condemned by God, no matter what you’re going through——Remember that your Father is fighting for you. His love is no passive thing and He’s not shy to add salt to any wound that would keep us from Him. That’s the other side of compassion, I guess – a willingness to wound in order to heal——I know it sounds paradoxical, but if you’ve felt it, you’ll know how beautiful it is to be pierced by the love of God. – Strahan Coleman
1. Take a minute to quiet your heart and mind. Open your hands as a sign of being ready to receive anything God would show you.
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
2. Ask the Lord to show you anything in your life that isn’t in his will. Pay attention to anything that comes up in your mind. It could be a person, place, thing, habit, recurring thought, etc.
3. Surrender anything in your life that isn’t God’s will for you. Confess any sin that’s holding you back from the fullness of life available to you in Jesus. Ask God for wisdom on how to end a relationship or a commitment. Ask him for grace and help to mend any relationships that he desires to heal. Surrender the entirety of your heart that you would be fully his today.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7