God – In our lives and in mine every day we are each faced with choices to do Your will when we would rather overlay our will on others.
In my collaborative and litigated divorce practice I witness spouses who would rather be right or control outcomes than to do the loving thing You would have them do. Spouses who are unable to trust in You to handle the consequences of letting go of control in doing what You have commanded. Being rigid and unforgiving instead of flexible and forgiving as You have treated mankind.
Sadly, I am aware of one husband who married a woman who had children by a prior marriage. So did he. Rather than treating his wife’s children like You do Yours, his love was divided. That was exemplified by him putting a partition in the shelves of the refrigerator which designated food, juices, and milk on one side for his kids and the other side for her kids. If her kids got milk from his kids’ side, there was harsh punishment always to be meted out to her kids.
When we impose rigidity and judgment on others, we imprison ourselves and others from living and loving within the rich Kingdom of Your grace.
We all have let You down and have sinned. Yet, You continue to forgive us, to be flexible and provide everyone in prayer to know and apply Your love and mercy to all people and in all things.
God, in prayer, before we act as we want in our relationships with our brothers and sisters, please help each of us to know, do and apply Your will, not ours.
Lord, let us pray to act as You in all we are and all we do, now and forever. For when we do that, Heaven descends to the Earth. We become Your love and living angels for others. Amen
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Jack H. Emmott is a Senior Counsel of Gray, Reed & McGraw, LLP, a 145-lawyer full-service firm in Houston, Dallas, and Waco, Texas, a Board-Certified Family Law and Master Credentialed Collaborative Law Professional Divorce Attorney, Mediator, Author, Entrepreneur and Inspirational Speaker. For more information about Jack or his latest book, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love, go to the Bending Angel website.