In light of the insight from Kent that I have shared the last two days, I find myself needing to repent of my attempts to cure others. I shared last week that the more I care about someone, the more I try to control them. My statement last week needs to be amended, because it is impossible to “care” about someone, truly care, by means of control. Control is, in fact, not care at all. It is a selfish motive that desires a specific outcome that will meet my expectation.
I must admit that I don’t even know where to begin with regards to truly caring for others. I guess the only place to begin is to follow Mark’s interpretation of Jesus’ first message to the people, “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15) So today I repent of my control of others and situations. I also choose to believe the good news that God is able to cure me along with each one of His children. He can cure me of this deep seeded temptation to control. My only part is to surrender this to Him and believe that He will cure me.