Do you feel neglected and taken for granted?
In the past when I felt this way I would have screamed like a banshee. I would have thrown things. I would have lashed out irrationally and violently. I would have name called and ran away. I would have sought vengeance.
We were given 10 Commandments. Commandments. Not suggestions, not “good ideas,” not rules that can be amended or reworded. Commands. As a soldier, when you are given a command you are expected to follow the commands or you will be severely punished, even imprisoned or killed. Yet, when God himself gives you a command, you…what? Pick and choose which one fits your flavor of the day? If a simple man can punish me and make me fearful of not following the rules or commands, why do I think that the punishment of God will be more tolerable?
Have we not seen the wrath of God laid out before us? Have you never experienced the turmoil that He will brand into your heart for the things that you have done wrong? He is a forgiving God, yes, but He is also jealous and self seeking and rightly so! He MADE you and He can throw you into a fiery pit. Jesus washed away our sins, however he makes it perfectly clear that those who cry out in his name’s sake but work nothing but iniquity will be turned away.
Our first command is to Love God with all of your heart and to worship no other gods because He is the only one. Done.
The second command we are given is to Love our neighbor (everyone else other than ourselves) as ourselves. This is the command where most of us stop. Without following this next command we can never follow the other 8. Not properly.
If you can not show other people the same consideration, concern, love, gentleness and care that you give yourself or that you even think you deserve…you’ve failed. You’ve failed God, you’ve failed others and you’ve failed yourself. And you will be judged! I can promise you that because it says so in the bible and because I know from first hand experience.
I neglected my duties as a mother for about 3 years. As I got worse and worse I was on the brink of dying. Literally. My liver was teetering on the point of no return. The doctors were all amazed that I was still “functioning” in an outwardly normal way. I should have been laying on a floor writhing in pain from toxicity. I should have collapsed from blood clots or a heart attack. I should have been, their words, comatose.
Yes, God got ahold of me and woke me up. He gave me the courage to seek help despite the fact that I was sure my husband would leave me when he discovered the truth. I was sure my children would be taken away from me. I was sure that I would be living on the streets or in a jail cell in a matter of minutes after letting my secret out. All of those things were spared, though. I still had a home, I still had support, I still had my children.
I was still punished. I live with the regret of not being there for my children. Of having missed out on the first year of my son’s life because I was drunk the whole time. I didn’t spend time with him, cuddling him and taking in the beauty of this sweet baby I was blessed with. I don’t remember the first 2 years of my second daughter’s life. I was too busy trying to drown my pain. I don’t remember those 3 years of my children’s lives. The years that are so precious and that I was blessed to be a part of day in and day out. My oldest daughter took over the role of “mom” at the age of 3 because mommy didn’t want to do anything other than feed them and change their diapers.
God will punish you for your selfishness and He will not be kind about it. He will forgive you if you seek His forgiveness, but He will punish you.
So, despite how others treat you, treat them as you would like to be treated in the same exact scenario. In the end you will be rewarded for doing what God has commanded you to do and He will judge those who don’t. Judgment is His and He will not forget it. Fear God and fear his Judgment! Use that as an incentive to follow his commands. I know that right now I’m using that fear to mold me and shape me.
I may still lose everything. I may have actually lost it a long time ago, but I know I did it to myself. I can’t change the past but I can change my future and I choose to change it today. I will love those that hate me. I will love those that treat me like nothing better than the dirt under their feet. I will love those that neglect and abandon me. I will love those that yell at me. I will love others because I love myself and I know my worth. If I am worthy of Christ’s love despite the things that I have done, then so are my neighbors.
When I hear the voice of doubt tell me “you can’t possibly love others when they treat you that way,” I know it’s satan trying to place doubt in me. God created me and I am His. He will give me strength and guidance when I seek him. I know I can because I choose to. I choose to follow the commands that I have been given because I love God and I accept him as my creator and the one true God. My God is a jealous God and He will not tolerate my disobedience for long.
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