Dear Lord Jesus, I can think of many things in my life, both past and present, that by definition fall into the category: destructive. Whether it be patterns of negative behavior or attitudes from the flesh, I know I have what it takes to single-handedly make a mess of everything. This is no surprise to you. I’m so thankful you are a God of restoration!
However, the sealing off of negative thoughts and inconclusive moments in my world have been conduits of passive aggressive behavior in my relationships. You have spoken to me this morning as clear as the sun is shining and answered my prayer.
Awareness of your presence and the familiar tone of your voice are but refreshments to my weary mind and aching heart. I am guilty of being passive attentive to your Spirit within me and when I neglect to listen, my doer listens to other things. I hurt, others hurt, I no longer trust, others cannot trust — it’s not your plan.
I know I need to listen to you in all things, becoming actively attentive to your Spirit within. Remind me of the power I have in you! In your precious and Holy name, Jesus Christ, Amen!
We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. I John 4:19-20