“Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.”
II Thessalonians 3:5
Just reading that verse is so calming! It feels as though it is a verse meant to encourage, humble and comfort.
Its interesting how it says “the Lord direct your hearts..”, it is pretty symbolic of how little control we really have over anything in life.
The amount us as humans want control over every detail in life is understandable for someone who rejects the existence of a God. Everything then is pure chance and coincidence or could’ve been avoided or handled. You aren’t accountable to anyone or anything. Do what you want, live life to the fullest and make yourself happy! It seems like a pretty freeing life all in all.
For the Christian however your life is no longer your own. The concept of letting someone rule your life and control your every move is greatest form of submission to the world… honestly they probably think you’re crazy to give up your life like that. But once you surrender your life to Jesus Christ there is nothing you want more then to let Him rule your life! You know that He does a much better job of living life then you ever could yourself! A life that is completely against our sinful natures though isn’t always so ease.
Fighting the flesh is a daily thing. Surrendering to Jesus is a daily thing. Repenting will always be apart of life. You don’t give your life to God and then get a easy path, you’ll have to work to die to yourself and really want that life. When you realize that a life given to Jesus is so much better than living for yourself it helps to strengthen you in the fight against your flesh.
“With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.”
II Chronicles 32:8 NKJV
Over all you need to let the Lord fight your battle. The battle is not ours. [All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:47)] Jesus wins so let Him direct your heart! He’s very good at what He does!