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Living the life (2003-09-20 - 1:44 p.m.)

I hadn't planned on adding an entry today, then I read the selection from My Utmost For His Highest for today. It's really good stuff, so I'm going to quote some of it, here. The title is "The Divine Rule of Life," and the Scripture passage is Matthew 5:48, in which Jesus says, "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Now...taken out of context, this sounds like a whale of a command. However, in this paragraph, Jesus is speaking of the way we treat people. And this is what Oswald Chambers has to say:

ďIn the spiritual life beware of walking according to natural affinities. Everyone has natural affinities; some people we like and others we do not like. We must never let those likes and dislikes rule in our Christian life.Ē

ďTo be a disciple means that we deliberately identify ourselves with Godís interests in other people.Ē

Now, this requires wisdom to know what Godís interests in someone else are. We canít decide that Godís interests in our lives are necessarily the same as Godís interests in someone elseís life. That is our tendency. ďGod wants me to be this way, therefore, he wants you to be that way, too.Ē No. It is never that way.

ďIf the Spirit of God has transformed you within you will exhibit Divine characteristics in your life, not good human characteristics. Godís life in us expresses itself as Godís life, not as human life trying to be godly.Ē

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