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Mercy – The Gift Of Not Getting What You Deserve!

Someone said: Grace is getting what we don’t deserve and mercy is not getting what we do deserve!” And I think that sums it up pretty well. We talk a lot about grace and most of us seem to be pretty good at sharing it, at least with people that we like?!?

Mercy is often a little bit more of a challenge. I don’t think it’s because we don’t need it or because we have not receieved it. I think it’s probably because we don’t want to admit to ourselves or others that we need it, but we do need it and in a more desperate way than we might imagine.

The fact that we are sitting here, reading these words is a testimony to the reality that God gives us mercy, because everyone of us should have been taken off of the board a long time ago, but God, Who is rich in mercy, loves us and had seen fit to forgive us and give us space and grace to grow into what He knows we can be.

If we will be honest with ourselves, we can look back on our lives and see time after time where we have made mistakes, missed the mark, not measured up, just flat blown it, but God is loving, patient, kind, gracious and merciful. Look back – can you see it? It’s beautiful, when you actually take the time to look back and aprreciate it.

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” -Matthew 18:21-22

Now if God shows us mercy for our mistakes/sins/failures and allows us to begin again, then we should do the very same thing for one another. God’s gifts of love, grace, mercy, forgiveness and restoration are woven into the tapesty of the Universe for all of us to receive and share.

Be sure to take all of the good things that God has given you and share them with others and one of the greatest ways to do that is by not giving people the wrath, judgment and condemnation we think they might deserve, but instead the gifts of love, grace and mercy. Now that is a beautiful gift that keeps on giving…

REBIRTH!

The Scriptures speak of being born again. This has always been a fascinating and at the same time, confusing consideration. It is fascinating because, we want to understand, it is confusing because, most of us usually don’t make the effort. But we should, because while being born again is not necessairly an easy work, it is a very necessary one.

To be born again is to be born of the spirit and it is a spiritual process. It is the re-awakening to our potential and while it does require some effort on our part, it is our God, Spirit, Lord, Christ, Source, who does the heavy lifiting. Spiritual labor, just like physical labor can be challenging and tiring. It is work from the inside – out. It involves us surrendering our will and coming to a place of giving up, letting go, and allowing our heart to grow tender.

“Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” -John 3:3

In the spiritual labor of being born again, it does not matter who gets the credit, who is right, who is wrong, how long it takes, what the opinions of others might happen to be or who gets the prize??? The only thing that matters is the end result and some where along the way, we begin realize that all of our effort is just not enough. In the tired weariness of living in this old sin sick world, we finally surrender, give up and allow ourselves to rest in the arms of our Creator. It is at this place that the miracle of rebirth begins to happen.

Being reborn is finding the love we’ve been searching for all of our lives. Once we are reborn, we quickly find comfort in our new skin, because we understand that we are loved. We are loved because we were created by love and for love. We are not so easily distracted by the stuff of this world, because we finally understand that we are just passing through to a better and more perfect place. We experience freedom that sets us free from fear and allows us to overcome any and all challenges with love, sweet love.

This new energy of love opens up a whole new spiritual world within the physcial world of our dwelling, which offers us opportunities for growth outside of ourselves and into the supernatural. It is within the supernatural, that we find the strength, maturity and spirit to grow as we have never grown before. This growth in grace is the sweet and beautiful gift that we were created and re-created for, so please make sure that you enjoy it, every baby step of the way…

Steps To Solving The World’s Problems!

The world we live in today is in a big ole mess. I recently heard a news commentator exclaim that “God can’t help us!, but that we can help one another, if we will just start to love.” The problem with his statement is this: We cannot give to anyone else what we do not posses for ourselves. In order for us to share love with someone else, we must first have a source of love that we can receive from, so that we might share. The good news is that we do in fact have a source, because the Scriptures teach us that “GOD IS LOVE!”

Love is the beautiful gift that God has blessed each of His children with, but what we do with that love is a choice that each of us makes for ourselves. While love is a very beautiful thing, it is a somewhat useless thing, if it is not received and shared. Love discovers its power and purpose when it is given away. Love becomes a miraculous and powerful force when it is allowed to flow into and through our lives. It flows through our recceiving and sharing. In this way our Creator is glorified and we are all blessed.

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” -Joh 13:34

Live your life in such a way that you become an expression of God’s love. It is more important to show people you love them, than to tell them you love them. May our actions and reactions become exxpressions of love.

Live your life in such a way that you become a channel of God’s love. Open your heart, mind and spirit to receive God’s love. You are loved and it is God’s love that makes you worthy, so stop fighting that battle already. Once you receive God’s love, make sure that you are sharing all that you are getting from His love = grace, mercy forgiveness restoration and blessing by allowing it to flow to you and through you. Becoming a channel of love allows you to fulfill your created purpose, experience the miraculous and brings you great personal fulfillment…