The Opinionated Religious

October 11, 2012 sweetpea2200
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I was raised Southern Baptist (but truth be told, I am more Freewill Baptist), to think for myself, be independent (which is a fallacy) and my nature it is fix the problem as soon as I hear it. I do not know how many fights/arguments I could have avoid with my sister, if I would have learned this early on. First, as the older sister, my job is to protect and top that off with my fixer personality, you can image my sisters frustration growing up.
And, I am realizing that I have been and still can be one of those religiously high and mighty holier than thou people. I have been under the impression that being religious will bring me closer to God and fill the emptiness in my heart. I was in church every time the door were open and then the last one out. I followed the rules we associate with being a Christian like: no drinking, smoking, drugs, sex, judgement, mightier than you attitude, etc etc. You get the picture right.

But, I am coming to realize is that, I was going through the motions.
What my heart was needing is a intimate personal relationship with God. And, being the religious opinionated judgmental holier than you person was not giving me than relationship with God, I desired. Image that…..hard to believe. I am learning that my relationship with God is like all other relationships were you have to take time with God, listen and learn. I thought as long as I prayed, went to church, and did all the right religion things, that God and I were good. I cannot believe that I was so arrogant to think that giving God so little of myself would fill the void in my heart that only an intimate relationship with God can fill.

So, as a grow closer to God, He is slowly changing my heart. I am learning to be more caring and merciful and less legalistic. We all sin and fall short of the glory of God but Jesus paid the price for me to be forgiven of my shortcoming. I, many times find myself praying for God to just change my heart quickly to get rid of my legalist thinking and not assume the worst in people, but He is changing my heart in His time and not mine.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. memyselfandkids  |  October 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    I hope that these changes bring you comfort.

    • 2. sweetpea2200  |  October 11, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      I feel closer to God, and I am sure my family appreciates it.

  • 3. Gail  |  December 5, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    “He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the Righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

    THIS is who we are…in Him! Our past is gone – we are a NEW CREATION…and, in Him, we ARE the Righteousness of God! Knowing this as TRUTH is what sets us free…and gives us the Power to live each day – with Him living IN US!


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