“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5:15 NIV)
I didn’t plan on posting the #VOD today because I have my little ones this weekend, but they are currently taking a nap and this verse clearly spoke to me today.
I’ve had a very long life when it comes to struggles in my life & unfortunately there have been people that knew about these struggles and they use them as weapons of condemnation. Today I came across one of these people and the judgement came on STRONG. The sad part is that this person hasn’t had a conversation with me for years, but tried to cast stones at me and my life.
Long story short, because of the healing & growth in my own life I was able to handle this situation much better. Typically I would get upset and try to convince this person that they are wrong and blah blah blah. My indentity use to be rooted in people’s opinion of me. Whether they were true or not, I just wanted to be liked.
This verse tells us that we must stop living for ourselves. In the conversation with this person I had to deny myself and try to love on them to the best of my ability. I forced myself to understand that they are hurting as well. I removed myself and my selfish ambitions from the equation and asked God to help me extend the love & grace that I did not have.
You see life won’t be easy. It will be a struggle at times. It will be hard from time to time, BUT we must remember to deny ourselves. We cannot live for ourselves. No no no. We are called to live like Christ and extend the same love & grace we have been given…
Love wins ya’ll… Grace wins….