I hope this finds everyone well. I LOVE the book of Ephesians You should see my Bible. This book is all marked up with ink The book is Paul’s writings to the Ephesus while he is in prison. What we should be doing here on this earth.
Chapter 4 versus 17 - 32 Living A Children of Light
Now I’m not going to type all the versus, but there are a few I want to speak about and tell you how they have affected my life.
Ephesians 4:25 -27
“So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26: And, “don’t sin by letting anger control you”. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”
Have you ever been so angry at someone that you just wanted to throw something? Well, let me tell you, I have. Paul is telling us to not be angry. It is the devil trying to keep you from God.
You know, I am far from perfect and I am a sinner, but I have learned so much since Kelsey’s passing. I look at life differently. How do people dislike or hate others. I just pray all the time that everyone can love each other. That we all can get along. That is what He wants us, instructs us to do.
Ephesians 4: 31-32
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32: Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
These two versus hit home with me. I sometimes get so angry about things happening in my life. Remember, I am human and I’m not perfect. It is exhausting being angry, bitter or not forgiving. I do have to say that since Kelsey’s passed away (Yes, I still have a hard time saying that, and I know I say this all the time, but it is true) I am much slower to anger. But I do get angry and I pray that the Lord helps me to not get angry.
I think it is more of frustration at times. You see, I want so much, for EVERYONE to go “home” someday. I want everyone to have that relationship with Jesus like I do.
Some people think that “if I’m a good person and don’t commit any crime”, I will go to Heaven. Although we all should not commit any crime and we all should be “Good People” and live “Good Lives”, we still need to have that relationship with with Jesus.
I grew up going to church. Mamma wouldn’t have it any other way. I remember being taught live a “good” life, abide by the 10 commandments, and you go to Heaven. Well guess what? Although you do have to abide by the 10 commandments, you also need that relationship.
I have never, and I mean NEVER been angry with God for taking Kelsey. Never!!! I have talked about this before. I have been criticized by others for this. “How can I NOT be angry with God.” “He took Kelsey!” Well this is my answer to them…..
I LOVE the Lord. With ALL my heart. I know that if Kelsey had not been taken to Heaven, yes she is “Home” waiting for me, I would NOT have this relationship with Jesus. That relationship you have to have in order to go to Heaven. You see, the Lord saved me through Kelsey.
I always say that Kelsey saved me, but it was the Lord that did. Do not get me wrong, I miss my Kel more than I can explain. My heart breaks every day. I cry every day. BUT, I know that I will see her one day. We will be together again. As each day goes by, I become one day closer to being with Kel and Jesus. (And my mamma). :-)
My daughter has taught me so much in her passing. How strong her faith was. Stronger I believe than mine was at that time. Things we find, even to this day 7 years later, that she never told us she did. She did, because that is what everyone should do.
So back to the versus 31 - 32…. Get rid of the anger, the bitterness. Forgive one another. Love one another. Be kind to one another. That is what the Lord has commanded us to do.
Life is too short. If there is nothing anyone else learns from the death of Kelsey, it should be this. So someone says something about you. Forgive them. Someone does something to hurt you. Forgive them. Love one another, and make sure you tell them you love them. We do not know when your last day on this earth will be. Don’t let the devil lead you astray.
I truly pray that you have that relationship with Jesus that I have. I truly pray that we all go Home someday. Please, Love your family, friends, your neighbors. Do not let the devil take that away from you.