As I was thinking about my last post I had a few questions.
Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
The Message version says it this way.
"That's why we can be sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good."
Work together for good, worked into something good.
What is our good? Not what we think is our good, but what does God think, What does God say is our good?
God says our ultimate good is "to be conformed to the image of his Son" The Message says, "He (God) decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his son."
So my ultimate good is to become like Jesus. So when hard things, come into my life, whether caused by my own foolishness, someone else s foolishness, or just by living in this world,
God will use that to mold me. It is not necessarily to make my life easier, or even happy, which is what we might think is "good" - but to make me more like Jesus.
Loves unconditionally, is compassionate, merciful, wise, selfless, these are qualities of Jesus. Do I want these - oh yes! Do I want what it will take to mold me, change me from the sometimes unloving, selfish, harsh, flawed, woman that I am? Sometimes yes, sometimes no! God knows me inside and out. He knows my struggles, my heart, my flaws. He loves me unconditionally as I am. But wants more for me. He wants the best for me. The best is Him!