This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-24
There was a time in my life when God touched my heart in a special way and whispered that God was not for sale and that what I was to do for God was out of love for what God had done for me in Jesus. I was not to pray, read the Bible, attend worship if I was going to do it to please God and win some kind of brownie points. I was to do those things because I was in love with Jesus and wanted to strengthen my relationship with Jesus and let Jesus love me in the process.
God also reminded me that I cannot give to others what I have not received from God. God whispered the reason you are a general dad Gary is because you have been hurt and are protecting your heart from receiving what I so want to give you in Jesus. You have not been willing to receive all that I have to offer – my unfailing love, my mercy, my grace, my goodness, my forgiveness, my favor when you work so hard to protect your wounded heart. God reminded me that God will not disappoint like my fellow travelers.
So if I want mercy then I need to receive mercy from God and then I too can be merciful to others – it’s that simple but when the heart is protected nothing gets in and nothing loving comes out. It is humbling to fall face down before almighty God and ask that your heart no longer be in a protective state – let my heart be broken Lord by the things that breaks the heart of God.
Let us pray: Lord I am so thankful and grateful that You are not for sale – what You have to give is given freely. You so loved what You created that You gave and You continue to give even to me. Often if I’m not careful I can listen to the wrong voices that say nothing is freely given – that I am to earn it the hard way but that’s not Your way Lord – You desire to fill me to overflow with Your unfailing love so that I too might be able to give and receive love and all I can say is thank You for sure a wonderful gift – this gift came in Jesus. Amen.