Beautiful feet

Feet

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How beautiful on the mountains
   are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
   who bring good tidings,
   who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
   “Your God reigns!” – Isaiah 52:7

There is always a tension felt when waiting in the waiting room of a hospital for news of a loved one in surgery. Scenarios play in our mind of the possible outcomes. Then we see the doctor enter the room and say that everything went well. That news releases the stress of the possibilities and sets you on firmer ground of truth. You appreciate the good news being brought. Can you imagine the doctor never coming into the room and sharing with you the news? You would be left in a quandary.

Bringing the good news of God allows us to help others stand on a firm foundation of truth. Our feet truly are beautiful as we go and share the peace Christ offers and the gift of salvation others can possess. Truth is what helps each one of us walk confidently knowing we were made for a purpose by a God who loves us completely. Keep walking for the Lord and sharing God for it is a special call we all have been given.

Prayer: Your truth, O’ Lord, is what keeps me serving you. I praise you for the opportunities you give me to share you. I pray that I obey you and follow in faith. Amen

Faith Tip: Where is God calling you today to share about him? He has already set it up and will walk with you through it.

Receiving the gift

An American judge talking to a lawyer.

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“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

The judge looked at the boy who was trying to put on a tough act, but could see the fear in his eyes. Stealing the car was a first offense for him. Could it have been initiation into a gang? The boy’s mother looked disinterested and there appeared to be no father figure in the home. Gangs can look pretty inviting to someone who doesn’t feel like they belong.

Michael, please stand,” the judge ordered.

Michael and his lawyer stood.

“This court finds you guilty as charged, and incarceration is what is due.”

The boy trembled.

“However, since this is a first offense, I want to offer you another opportunity to turn this around. Would you like to have another opportunity to walk the straight path?”

“Yes, your honor.”

“Good. Then you will be on probation for two years meeting with a probation officer once a week. Plus, you will be doing community service for one year and joining in the youth group at Daylight Community Church for two years. Is that understood and agreed to?”

The boy pondered only a moment and responded with visible relief. “Yes, your honor. Thank you for this opportunity.”

When choices we make are wrong, there is a price to pay. The wages paid for sin is death. We deserve eternal separation from God. But we are offered a gift—Jesus. Jesus made a way so that we didn’t have to suffer. Our choice for Jesus means our choice to eternal life with God. It is our choice though.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your great gift of grace. I pray that I can display grace to others each day so that they may be drawn closer to you. Amen

Faith Tip: Think of the areas you need grace today. Accept it with open arms.

The season of love

LOVE

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“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)

She slowly opened the red envelope found on the kitchen counter. Her eyes delighted in the beautiful scene of children playing in a field…carefree. Opening the card, she noticed a handwritten message saying, “I’m sorry for the pain I have caused you. Please forgive me. I want us to be free to love one another like the children on the cover of the card. I love you so much.” She found herself desiring the same thing—freedom to love one another with nothing between them to restrict it.

That’s how God wants us to love one another. Jesus modeled it on earth by showing grace and mercy to all he came in contact with. He didn’t keep a tab of the wrongs people did. He loves them completely and longs for relationship with all. Focusing on the past will keep our heart imprisoned with feelings of anger, bitterness, discouragement, and other chains that drag us down. The key to freedom is forgiveness. Offer the gift to others just as Jesus offered it to us.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for the wonderful gift of grace that you offered me. I grasp onto that grace and pray that I can offer it to others as you have. Amen

Faith Tip: Discern how free you are to love. Do you want to love freely? Trust Jesus in helping you take steps today to freedom.