This Bible verse,
“…lovest thou me? …Feed my sheep”.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/John-21-17/
…does not speak to Christians or religious groups alone but to mankind in general. We’ve all been given a mandate as children of God to nourish and care for one another. Therefore, it is of utmost importance and urgency that we evaluate what we “feed” ourselves daily; because one way or the other, they influence our words, thoughts, attitudes, and actions towards ourselves and others as well.
Have you ever wondered why it is a cake-walk to pick up trends and a struggle to maintain God’s words? Like why is it so easy for me to judge people and hard to give a sincere advice when called upon? The sad truth for most of us is that God’s words in our hearts,
“…fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them”.https://m.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-13-7/
I am not an exception. Some time back, I prided myself with my balanced life; family, friends I thought would last a lifetime, and everything entertainment has to offer in terms of Novels – mostly Romance – music, movies and relationships. The more I indulged myself in the latter, the more I boxed myself into an unrealistic, unhealthy lifestyle that fueled a lot of insecurities and anxieties.
I was either living off on what people said about me or living on the pages of an erotic romance novel, either memorizing lyrics to hits songs or wishing my life were a “Mean Girls” movie and actually living it out through my relationships. I was difficult to be around with most of the time, had a sailor’s mouth and pride the size of the universe – a ticking time-bomb; and because this was all I allowed myself to know, I had ninety-nine interests and God wasn’t one of them;
“He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful”.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-13-22/
In a nutshell, we struggle with God’s words most times because we have no interest in them – we are too “busy” for them; we can’t carry out His instructions correctly because we do not understand them; we can’t maintain His words because we never had them in the first place. We can’t claim to be a hundred percent honest with ourselves or others when our moral conduct or ideologies are based on half truths and don’t align with God’s words which are,
“…profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/2 Timothy-3-16 3-17/
Take a moment and imagine having God’s words at your disposal. You’ll be able to handle life’s expectations and circumstances with better wisdom and understanding.
We live in a fallen world and bad things happen; let us not be one of the reasons that is so.