To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:3 (NIV)
Right And Just
It is not a huge sacrifice for me to do what is right and just and pleasing to you. If it were a huge sacrifice for me to do what is right and just and pleasing to you I don’t think that you would be pleased. Why is that? If it were a huge sacrifice for me to do what is right and just and pleasing to you my heart would not be in the right place. That’s true. My love for you should be what motivates my desire to do what is right and just and pleasing to you. It would be possible for someone to try to sacrificially do what is right and just and pleasing to you out of some sense of moral obligation. This very same person may not really love you at all. You would find no joy and pleasure in that. I can’t perfectly do what is right and just and pleasing to you. We both know that. That’s true. There would be no joy for you or me if I tried harder to do what was pleasing to you. Trying harder without loving you is a sin. Trying to do my every best to please you is no indication of my love for you. No, it is not.
I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to do what is right and just and pleasing to you. I am most at peace and filled with joy when I know that I am doing what is right and just and pleasing to you. Am I perfect in doing what is pleasing to you? No, I am not. I am very far from perfect in doing what is pleasing to you. Am I determined to try harder and do better? No, not really. Trying harder and determining to do better seems like a prideful sin to me. When I have not done what is pleasing to you I am sorry that I have not loved you fully and completely. Instead of trying harder, I will draw nearer to you. I will ask you to fan the flames of my love for you. I will ask you to keep on changing my heart and transforming my mind. I know that as I am in your presence you will continue to mold and shape my life. You will make me to be more like you. Your love for me and my love for you will guide all my thoughts and words and deeds. My love for you will help me to do what I want to do, which is to do what is pleasing to you. To love you more and more is what I want and is my prayer. I know that you will draw me in. I know that you will draw me deep. Your love for me and my love for you will be a fire that makes me want to please you. That is very good.
Lord, I have not done what I knew was right thing to do. Sometimes, I have chosen the easy and wrong thing to do. Forgive me. I ask for wisdom to know and strength to do what is right and just and pleasing in your sight. Amen
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