Make Hard Choices Because of Christ’s Love

Beth shares candidly about the need to be more like Christ and not take her sins so casually. Read her words and be inspired like she is to take up her cross and make the hard choices. #choices #Christ #selfishness #Bible #verses #sacrifice #Scripture

Lately I’ve been feeling discouraged about my daily tendency to repeat certain sins. I often let pride, fear and selfishness reign instead of reaching out for and clinging to God.

Beth shares candidly about the need to be more like Christ and not take her sins so casually. Read her words and be inspired like she is to take up her cross and make the hard choices. #choices #Christ #selfishness #Bible #verses #sacrifice #Scripture

I’ve noticed it in the smallest of details in my day. Not just choosing wrong actions, but dwelling on sinful thoughts like they’re a melting piece of chocolate in my mouth. 😦

In the moment I feel justified—as if I have no other alternative.

But when I come to God each day and pour out my heart in prayer, I’m reminded of my willful, independent, rebellious choices. Then I confess and grieve for the sins I’ve committed, knowing God forgives me even before I utter the words. He extends grace with abandon.

But I still feel there’s something missing each time I step away from the altar and head out into the world.

Am I really not receiving His grace—embracing it?

Is it that I’m giving God lip-service?

And if so, am I really repenting or just unburdening a guilty conscience?

I may not know the complete answer to these questions most of the time. So I trust that God hasn’t finished revealing the truth to me in this matter. And believe me, He is gentle in His revealing—never condemning or pushy.

But here’s the one thing I see and hear clearly, since it’s been echoing in my head lately …

Make the hard choice!

I am much too easy on myself and give myself an out, time after time. For some reason I’ve convinced myself that I don’t have to make the hard choice each time I’m at a crossroads. Adding to that, I’ve convinced myself that it doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

But, as I come face-to-face with my sin each time I pray, I am further convinced that it does.

It does matter.

Every time I chose to avoid the hard choicethe choice not to act in God-honoring ways and resist sin—I hurt myself, my husband, my marriage, my sons, my friends, my influence, my spiritual progress and, most importantly, my relationship with Christ. Ultimately, I’m resisting taking Christ’s hand—climbing that narrow, rocky path of earth. In fact, every time I choose not to make the hard choice …

I’m actually making it harder to choose the hard choice next time.

Instead, I’m going to challenge myself to resist my earthly desires, my selfish propensity to sin, and make the hard choice to obey. Each time that obedience will look different, but I know that much of it will require eating a heaping helping of humble pie!

Even beyond that, much of it will require accepting the pain … the pain of this broken world.

It also means accepting the slights others regularly commit against me, as well as praying for God to defeat the unimaginable evils committed against others in this world.

These things stand in stark contrast to Christ’s beauty, redemption and love. But I’ve got the choice each day to add to the beauty, redemption and love rather than to the ugliness, hatred and evil in our world.

With that thought in mind, I will choose the hard choices. How about you?

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.”  James 5:7

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20


What hard choices are you resisting?

 

What would help you to drop your resistance and embrace God’s hard choices?

 


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18 responses to “Make Hard Choices Because of Christ’s Love”

  1. Oh, Beth, you are singing my tune! Just this morning I was praying for forgiveness for choosing the same old wrong paths. Ugh. My biggie is procrastination. I have been praying the Prayer of Jabez of late, especially to keep me from evil and deliver me from temptation.

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  2. Oh, Beth, you are singing my tune! Just this morning I was praying for forgiveness for choosing the same old wrong paths. Ugh. My biggie is procrastination. I have been praying the Prayer of Jabez of late, especially to keep me from evil and deliver me from temptation.

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  3. Those hard choices try to evade all of us, Beth. I appreciate your honesty about it. This rings true with me, too: “In the moment I feel justified—as if I have no other alternative.” May we always choose the way of grace though. In the end, it’s the easier choice, if we can just make the hard choice first.

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  4. Those hard choices try to evade all of us, Beth. I appreciate your honesty about it. This rings true with me, too: “In the moment I feel justified—as if I have no other alternative.” May we always choose the way of grace though. In the end, it’s the easier choice, if we can just make the hard choice first.

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  5. Oh yes, life’s all about a serious of hard choices day in, day out.
    My son-in-law modeled this well for me this weekend when he told his 3 year old daughter quite firmly, ‘you have a choice to obey or to disobey.’
    That says it all, yes?
    Grace, grace, my friend …

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  6. Oh yes, life’s all about a serious of hard choices day in, day out.My son-in-law modeled this well for me this weekend when he told his 3 year old daughter quite firmly, ‘you have a choice to obey or to disobey.’That says it all, yes?Grace, grace, my friend …

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  7. CONVICTED!!! As if your words weren’t enough, I was letting a Hershey’s Kiss melt in my mouth as I read. Coincidence??? I think NOT!! 😉 Love you, my friend!

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  8. CONVICTED!!! As if your words weren’t enough, I was letting a Hershey’s Kiss melt in my mouth as I read. Coincidence??? I think NOT!! 😉 Love you, my friend!

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  9. I love this post. I know that you are a person who works hard to model Jesus, in being full of grace and yet truth, at the same time. I usually err on one side or the other-full of grace, or full of truth, but not balancing the two. Working on that!!

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  10. This is so good, Beth. I can identify on so many points. And I love how you’ve admitted you don’t know the complete answers but the hard choices are usually God’s choices. And I especially like your point that making the easy choice makes the next hard choice harder. Much wisdom, my friend. Bless you.

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  11. This is so good, Beth. I can identify on so many points. And I love how you’ve admitted you don’t know the complete answers but the hard choices are usually God’s choices. And I especially like your point that making the easy choice makes the next hard choice harder. Much wisdom, my friend. Bless you.

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  12. Great post, Beth!! By the way, when I clicked on the link submitted for our Link Up, it goes to a broken link: http://www.messymarriage.com/2013/04/making-hard-choices.htmlthe. I’m going in to change that right now.

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  13. Great post, Beth!! By the way, when I clicked on the link submitted for our Link Up, it goes to a broken link: http://www.messymarriage.com/2013/04/making-hard-choices.htmlthe. I’m going in to change that right now.

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  14. Thanks for such a genuine, soul-searching post!

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  15. Making it harder to choose the hard choices. This is so insightful, Beth! When i put off the right choice, it does become harder to change it up–because of the web I weave.

    I hope you and your husband enjoyed the conference you attended this weekend. What a special thing to go together. I’m sure we will benefit from what you experienced!

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  16. Making it harder to choose the hard choices. This is so insightful, Beth! When i put off the right choice, it does become harder to change it up–because of the web I weave. I hope you and your husband enjoyed the conference you attended this weekend. What a special thing to go together. I’m sure we will benefit from what you experienced!

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  17. Perfectly said. I don’t know how many times I say “If I would have just said “yes Lord” years ago I would be in a much different place right now. He would still be asking me to make the hard choice but man the blessings I have missed out on for choosing the “easy choice”.

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  18. Perfectly said. I don’t know how many times I say “If I would have just said “yes Lord” years ago I would be in a much different place right now. He would still be asking me to make the hard choice but man the blessings I have missed out on for choosing the “easy choice”.

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