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“So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the offender nor for the sake of the one offended, but that your earnestness on our behalf might be made known to you in the sight of God.  For this reason we have been comforted” (2 Corinthians 7:12-13).

Sometimes we allow our lives to be directed by what happens to others.  Ultimately, the One offended is the Lord Himself, for when we sin against our neighbor, we sin against Him.  A point that may be helpful for us to begin is the point of realizing when we are influenced by what we think a principle, that it is not necessarily our reality.  Live in the moment the Lord gives you.

Lord, I do care about what happens to those around me.  You have commanded that I love my neighbor, but I can do nothing about another’s circumstance.  Help me to live in my own circumstances and deal with what is mine to deal with.  Lead me in the way of life that I may live into this life You have given me.  Teach me what godly living really means and then help me to practice this new life.

Lord Jesus, You have come to save all those who come to You.  You know what I need and where I fall short.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way of truth that I would learn from You not only how to live, but the right attitudes to have while living.  Keep my eyes upon You that I may be guided by You and not my feelings, attitudes, or what I perceive to be goodness.  You are the author and finisher of my faith.  Amen.