because of God's love

Anyone Can Let Us Down
Day 3

by Gini Crawford, MSW

My aunt would say some pretty unkind things about people. This is because she expected perfection from people, and no one is perfect. So consequently she thought people were always letting her down, or not doing what she wanted. My aunts unreasonable standards on how people should act, led to a lot of hurt, and anger in her. Are your expectations too high for people to meet?

Do you feel people are always letting you down? If we are truthful with ourselves, and we need to be, everyone lets us down at times. Yet, if we let what people do or not do drive us to not forgive, we can easily be on a roller coaster ride of high stress throughout our lives. In other words, you will not be a happy person if you expect things from people and then refuse to forgive them if they don't do them.

Most of the time, we can't make people do what we want or need. Do you agree? However, whether or not people meet our needs, we are asked by God to forgive.

... bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Colossians 3:13 NASB®

It is obvious my aunt was trying to rely on people to meet her relational and emotional needs. Do you do that? I can at times. What we need to be doing is putting our reliance/trust in God to meet our relational and emotional needs. People will always let us down sooner or later! God is really the only One Who always cares and loves us, and won't let us down! Also trusting in God and not people makes forgiving a lot easier (Proverbs 3:5-6). Do you trust in God or others? People will let us down.

Life Application

To be honest, there are times I feel God has let me down. Do you feel that way too? When that happens I let myself think of Who God is, what He has done for me, and what His Word tells me. God's Word tells us in many places that God loves us, He is always with us, and He will never forsake us. Also our feelings are not always reality. For instance, you might feel stupid like I did, but make straight A's in college. Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 8:28-39 and Psalms 139:1-15. God's Word is clear, God will never let us down. How much does God love you? Are you encouraged by the fact God is with you?

For I am convinced...(nothing) will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38a-39bNASB®
O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. Psalms 139:1-2 NASB®

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posted 12/21/2016

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