Am I the only one that feels like the Lord is hitting me over the head sometimes? My heart is heavy to be more like Him. I want the Holy Spirit to shine forth in my life. I try, I really do, but I know I fail. Thank goodness for His grace. It seems every thing I read or hear lately has to do with being more like Him. That is my desire.
Earlier this year I had spent some time reviewing verses on characteristics of a Christ follower. I went back to that list for a reminder of what it really means to be more like Him. In James it says to be considerate, full of mercy, impartial, peace-loving, pure, sincere, and submissive. In Titus we are told to be blameless, disciplined, holy, hospitable, to love what is good, self-controlled, and to be upright. Titus also contains a list of what NOT to be: to not be drunk or overbearing or quick-tempered, to not pursue dishonest gain and to not be violent. There are many more characteristics listed, as a matter of fact they are repeated in some form or another in at least 10 of the New Testament books. Why does He have to repeat it? Because sometimes I don’t get it! That’s where I realize how thankful I am for His grace.
My prayer is that I learn His word more thoroughly and apply every day to life; especially with my children. I want to be faithful in prayer (Romans 12) in front of them; I want to be truthful in my speech and understanding (2 Corinthians 6) with them; and I want to exemplify the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5) to them in some way every day.
So I go forward with a more determined goal to be more like Christ in my daily life trusting that He will show me the way!