In his book Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Henry Blackaby says that two words never go together: the words “no” and “Lord.” Jesus said that if you love him, you will keep his commandments. Thus, if you truly love God, then your only response to anything He tells you to do will be “Yes, Lord.”
The Bible is filled with commands that we are unable to keep without God’s intervention. For example, it was impossible for me to forgive my childhood abusers because they destroyed me. People often talk about having a broken heart, but mine was more like a shattered heart. It was nothing but a pile of sawdust that was beyond repair or redemption, but God gave me a new heart, one that feels like it was never broken. He did this after I said, “Yes, Lord” to forgiving my enemies, something I could never do on my own power and something, quite frankly, I had no interest in doing.
My sole motivation was love for God. When He asked me whether I loved Him more than I hated my child abusers, I realized that I did. And if I loved Him, then I would obey His commandments. This was the most difficult change I ever made in my life, and it took a long time (over a year of praying for my enemies day after day, week after week, and month after month). God blessed me richly for my obedience by giving me a new, tender heart that not only loves and feels compassion for my childhood abusers, but it also feels love and compassion for sex offenders – the very types of people who originally shattered my heart.
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cover of Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Revised and Expanded. Courtesy Amazon.]