Draw Near to God: Day Nine


Day Nine: Asking for Mercy

Be gracious to us, O Lord, be gracious to us.

For we are greatly filled with contempt.

Our soul is greatly filled

with the scoffing of those who are at ease,

and with the contempt of the proud.

Psalm 123: 3-4

As we travel farther on our journey we can become irritated with our traveling companions.  Moving toward God often takes us toward others.  Can we see them as He does?

If we would really help those close to us and dear, and If we would learn to live together with our family and “neighbors” in the power of the kingdom, we must abandon the deeply rooted human practice of condemning and blaming.  This is what Jesus means when He says, “Judge not.” He is telling us that we should, and we can, become the kind of person who does not condemn or blame others.  As we do so, the power of God’s kingdom will be more freely available to bless and guide those around us into His ways.  Dallas Willard

What if you discovered that the least of the brethren of Jesus, the one who needs your love the most, the one who you can help the most by loving, the one whom your love would be the most meaningful – what if you discovered that the least of the brethren of Jesus . . . is you?   Carl Jung

In everything, keep trusting that God is with you, that God has given you companions for the journey. Henry Nouwen

Can we love God without loving people?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8

0 comment on Draw Near to God: Day Nine

  1. Angie Haywood
    September 9, 2013 at 8:05 am (7 years ago)

    Boy did I need this today!! Thanks!

  2. Angie
    September 9, 2013 at 8:05 am (7 years ago)

    Exactly what I needed to hear today!

  3. sustainabilitea
    September 9, 2013 at 3:16 pm (7 years ago)

    This is a continual struggle for me. Although I love and even like most people most of the time, there are those who continually “make me crazy” and it’s difficult to remember that I might be doing the same to them or to someone else. It’s hard to feel like “the least of these”, even though each of us is.


  4. L. White
    September 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm (7 years ago)

    Wow! Just what I needed to hear. Thank you!

  5. L. White
    September 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm (7 years ago)

    Reblogged this on Faith and Beans and commented:
    Forgive me…I HAVE been greatly filled with contempt lately. Pastor Ian preached recently that when Jesus turned over the tax collector’s tables he was mad at the deed, not the person. We, too, should be mad at the deeds of devilish ways…mad enough to stand strong against such ways… but at the same time willing to forgive those who ask for forgiveness. We shouldn’t judge, just as we don’t like to be judged when we falter. The devil is crafty and we are all susceptible. Let’s not hesitate to lend a hand to help each other up when needed. It is why we are Christians.


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