2 Samuel 6:14 (CJB) Then David danced and spun around with abandon before Adonai, wearing a linen ritual vest.
Beloved, refuse to let the thoughts and opinions of others cause you to stifle your words and actions. Allow the overflow of your heart to pour forth in unabashed praise. Move past simply “working through it” to a place where those thoughts and opinions no longer matter and you’re not even aware of them anymore.
Be radical for Me. Be completely sold out for Me. Make Me the center of your world. Be abandoned in your praise and intensely persistent in your pursuit. Be relentless. Don’t hold back. Be “even more undignified than this.” Focus on pleasing Me alone. Make that your sole priority.
2 Samuel 6:21-22 (GW) David answered Michal, “I didn’t dance in front of the slave girls but in front of the Lord. He chose me rather than your father or anyone in your father’s house, and he appointed me leader of Israel, the Lord’s people. I will celebrate in the Lord’s presence, and I will degrade myself even more than this. Even if I am humiliated in your eyes, I will be honored by these slave girls you speak about.”
Matthew 5:48 (VOICE) But you are called to something higher: “Be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Beloved, I AM righteous just as you are you are called to righteousness. Being given the gift of grace in no way absolves you from the responsibility to walk in obedience. If salvation is your only motivation for obedience, then your heart is amiss.
Choose obedience out of your love for Me and out of a desire to please Me. I am well aware you will fall short, but your desire and efforts bless My heart and set you apart from the world. Continuing to try after you’ve failed demonstrates a keen perseverance and sends a message to those around you that I AM worth the effort. So be a person of integrity and holiness. Be like Me.
Revelation 2:4 (TPT) But I have this against you: you have abandoned the passionate love you had for me at the beginning.
Beloved, I will not settle for anything less than your whole heart. I’m not an old shoe to grow comfortable in. I AM worth your fiery passion and abandoned restraint. There is no need or reason to hold back from Me. I want all of you and I love you unconditionally. I AM not shocked you are not perfect. I love you – flaws, imperfections, and all.
I still choose you. Knowing everything about you – every time you’ll choose to wound me, every time you’ll prefer to pour out your affections to someone or something who does not hold you at the immeasurable value I do – and even knowing all that, I still choose you. I still love you. I AM not angry or upset with you. You hold My heart, and my grace for you exceeds comprehension.
Galatians 5:22-23 (AMP) But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is…kindness,
Beloved, as My fruit multiplies within you, let it pour forth from your heart in the form of kindness. Be known for being one who is gracious and generous of spirit, full of mercy and overflowing with compassion. Let kindness be your trademark.
Nurture others’ wellbeing, making their interests your focus trusting that I will make yours My own. Encourage those around you to operate in joy and love simply by doing so yourself. Kindness is contagious. Spread it liberally!
Psalm 136:1 (VOICE) Let your heart overflow with praise to the Eternal, for He is good, for His faithful love lasts forever.
Beloved, I AM good. My heart towards you is good. I AM unchanging. Ever faithful. Steadfast. Worthy of your trust. Pause and reflect on that. Pause and consider if you truly believe that My heart towards you is good, or if you just pay lip service to those sentiments you know you’re supposed to have.
I desire real relationship with you. I desire authenticity. Yes, I want you to trust Me and yes I’m worthy of that trust, but I want it to be freely given – not out of a sense of obligation, but from a heart overflowing with love for Me. If that isn’t where you are yet beloved, I’m not angry about that. I’m willing to put in the time and work to show you who I AM. Are you willing to take the time and open your heart to see Me as I AM?