The biblical command to “let love be your guide” is incredibly profound. Doing the right thing is never done in a vacuum; there are always other options pulling on us in the moment of decision. Personal interests must be conceded each time good is chosen over evil, but “speaking the truth in love” can sober us faster than a dip in an icy spring. Letting love be our guide not only makes good choices desirable, to “walk in love” makes doing the right thing consistently achievable. Failures to do so remind me that I am still a rookie, but I am confident God will finish His “work of love” in me. Blessed Father, Your “love never fails”. Dispel the darkness of self-centeredness and fortify me with Your amazing love.
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.