After my last post my roommate & I had a bible study with another sister. The topic was discipleship. I learned that the bible only refers to Christ followers as Christians 3 times. We are far more often called disciples & are commanded to take up our cross & follow Him. We are further commanded to deny ourselves & follow God’s way & to know that it isn’t easy – just as Christ’s mission wasn’t easy. But this is how the world will know Who we follow. Jesus also gives a beautiful promise after the command to follow Him: that He will surely be with us through difficult times & circumstances.
It occurred to me that this other “Mom” could very well be my cross to take up & that in obeying God & praying for her, she could find salvation. That is none of my business; I’m simply commanded to love her. True, I’ve had to pray to the Holy Spirit to love her through me because I just can’t yet bring myself to love her. That may be the best I can do for awhile in my human weakness. But I’ve prayed to love others who have done me wrong; she won’t be the first, so I have every expectation of success. With God’s help, Amen.