I have to admit that that is one discipline with which I genuinely struggle. Oh… it’s not the big things that trip me up so much as it’s the little ones. The problem with obedience is that it means that I have to submit to a higher authority. That’s where I struggle sometimes… It’s getting up every day and trying to follow Christ’s example when he was in the garden and said to God, “Not my will but Thine be done.”
The struggle for me is that my will doesn’t want to submit when it means I have to really follow through with all of the, “love thy neighbor,” stuff. Sometimes my neighbor takes advantage of me. Sometimes my neighbor doesn’t follow through. Sometimes my neighbor has treated me wrongly and my heart really wants to hold a grudge instead of forgive. “We do like to feel impowered by our sense of victimhood after all these days…”
The real problem for me comes when I look in the mirror and realize that I’m often guilty of the very same things that I hold against others. Hmmm…. That’s a problem.
That being said, Lord please start with me. Please give me your heart for others. Please give me a heart of obedience. Please give me a heart of Love for You. AMEN