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My LIght, My Salvation, My Stronghold

The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid? - Psalm 27:1

I've been quoting this verse to myself a lot recently. The process starts when someone close to me says something that really gets under my skin... I can tell something is going on because I begin to get angry, maybe start judging the other person and start having imaginary conversations in my head about what I would really like to say to them. These thoughts usually involve cutting them or their beliefs down in some way, proving them wrong and making myself look better. When something like this happens what most of us do is continue down that road: "They don't know what they're talking about... They're so closed minded... So arrogant and judgmental..." And on it goes until we convince ourselves that we are right and worthy of the other person's respect if only they could see the truth.  Or, if we are a little bolder w…

Love One Another

This is a post from Oswald Chambers. I wanted to remember it, so I'm posting it on here.

"Love One Another"
May 11, 2011 . . . add to your . . . brotherly kindness love —2 Peter 1:5, 7 Love is an indefinite thing to most of us; we don’t know what we mean when we talk about love. Love is the loftiest preference of one person for another, and spiritually Jesus demands that this sovereign preference be for Himself (see Luke 14:26). Initially, when “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:5), it is easy to put Jesus first. But then we must practice the things mentioned in 2 Peter 1 to see them worked out in our lives.
The first thing God does is forcibly remove any insincerity, pride, and vanity from my life. And the Holy Spirit reveals to me that God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so. Now He commands me to show the same love to others by saying, “. . . love one another as I have loved you” (John 1…