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Feeling At Loose Ends

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Mixed Feelings. I know God loves me but it doesn't feel like it. I don't feel like I'm a Christian. I don't feel like I measure up, it's never enough. God feels so far away. Feelings, like it or not, are part of our daily routine. There is no escaping their reach. Whether you experience pain or pleasure, anger or peace, joy or sorrow, feelings are an integral part of our life's experiences. We know God loves us because of what He tells us in His Word; we know He is near but our feelings often tell us otherwise. 

Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs
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Meditating and Dwelling. When it feels like God is far away, what can we do? One thing that we can actively pursue with fervor is the Word of God and let the word of Christ dwell within us. Looking at a specific Scripture passage or verse and thinking about the Scripture, praying about the Scripture, and asking the Lord to teach us from His Word is time we cannot afford to forfeit. When we spend time meditating on the word of Christ our minds are renewed. (Rom 12:2) Suddenly, the truth of Christ begins to speak into our lives irrespective of our feelings. Our feelings often betray us and even 'lie' to us.

The Melody Within. So we ask ourselves...is my heart singing today? Is there a melody within that is the result of time spent letting the word of Christ richly dwell in my mind and heart? The melody we have because of Christ is beyond compare and is not dependent upon our feelings. When Christ gives us His melody it is not up for debate. His Word remains true and His love is unconditional.

The melody within our hearts is the Word of Christ working out in our lives! 





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