“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17 NIV
“No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that caused the problem in the first place.” Albert Einstein
When I have condemning thoughts toward myself or others, I stop. Those thoughts are not from my father. No matter the sin, grief, or defeat, my father is gentle. He is full of mercy. We have the mind of Christ. Condemning thoughts are not from him, but they do need attention from my father.
If I have shaming thoughts, obsessions, compulsions, fears, act harshly, act judgmentally, I am indeed, unconscious! Fortunately, we have a Father we can bring this too and ask humbly, what’s going on? If we do it without judgment, with an observing only attitude, many things come to our minds and hearts. We can rest in him.
I have a dear friend who is elderly with health problems. She has been a cheerleader for me. My coffee buddy. Yet, I forgot her, and the excuses are many and moot. She was in the hospital with pneumonia and on a truckload of oxygen. I didn’t check on her. She called me to see how I was doing. She felt abandoned (and she was) by her friends. No one had checked with her in weeks. I was crushed by my selfishness. Repented. Told the truth. I was consumed with me. Asked her to forgive me, which she did quickly and with affection. No condemnation. No judgment. She modeled my father. Quick to forgive, gentle, peaceful and caring. I thank God she phoned me. She could be with God any day and I would have a boatload of regret. I was unconscious. I was not malicious, just unconscious.
The hurts I dish out and the hurts I receive are usually not malicious. It’s unconsciousness. The destructive behaviors like drinking, using, judging and self-pity are unconscious. Would a person with a beloved image participate in destruction?
Life distracts and we go on autopilot. Apologies, repentance and letting God participate in my heart, soul and mind heals. As long as we are here on Earth, we’ll go unconscious. I will step in it. Unconscious. I will slip into compulsions. Unconscious. We possess God-Consciousness now, if we let him in.
Thank you that even when we’re zoned out, overwhelmed and selfish, you love us. Incomprehensible. Because of your love, we can come to you at any time and let you gently correct, forgive and set us on the right path. God consciousness. Help us to use this consciousness in our family relationships, work relationships, church relationships and even more so with those we don’t like very much. When we have your consciousness, miracles happen, lives are uplifted, and we are privileged to be a part.