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April 21, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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It’s Time to Sing a New Song

It's time to sing a new song
Has God flooded your heart with his love and grace? Do you love Jesus in a new and fresh way? Why don’t you sing to the Lord? And, please, sing a new song. If Christ has rescued you from the land of death, do not sing those old songs from there anymore. You see, it’s time for a new song.

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear theLord
    and put their trust in him.
(Psalm 40:1-3, NIV, emphasis added,*)

It’s time for a new song

If you’ve been made right with God, it really is time for a new song. Everything has changed, also your song needs to be changed. You see, the old way of living needs to go. We can’t serve two masters, we need to choose who we worship. So if Jesus has saved you, it’s time for a new song. It’s time for a new way of life. Everything connected to the old way needs to go. It’s time for a new song.

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 4:17-18, 22-24, NIV, emphasis added,*)

Let go your former way of life

Do not sing the old tunes from the land of death if you want to grow in Christ. The old way of life is rotten, it’s time to let it go completely. And take on a new way of life according to God’s will for you. You will be amazed how wonderful it is to live with God. And how amazing these new songs to the Lord really are. Come on! It’s time to sing a new song.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for rescuing us from the land of death.
You are amazing!
Help us to let go of all the old ways,
we want to be truly yours.
Give us new songs to sing.
Guide us clearly, Lord.
Lead us closer to you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you still sing the old songs? Is it hard for you to let go of the old ways? What has helped you in the process?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you sing a new song to the Lord!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

Image courtesy of MD Duran via unsplash.com, design by Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus, Five-minute Friday.

April 19, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Rolled Away for You

rolled away for youThe resurrection story never gets old: it holds the miracle of salvation. I love hearing it again and again, according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and all them in different translations. Because there is always something to catch my attention anew, always something to stir in my heart. This time I realized the stone was rolled away for you and me. Not for Jesus. He did not need it to be rolled away, he had already risen. The stone for rolled away for you and me.

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the tomb.Look, there was a great earthquake, for an angel from the Lord came down from heaven. Coming to the stone, he rolled it away and sat on it.Now his face was like lightning and his clothes as white as snow. The guards were so terrified of him that they shook with fear and became like dead men.

But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.He isn’t here, because he’s been raised from the dead, just as he said. Come, see the place where they laid him. Now hurry, go and tell his disciples, ‘He’s been raised from the dead. He’s going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ I’ve given the message to you.” With great fear and excitement, they hurried away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples. (Matthew 28:1-8, CEB, emphasis added)

Rolled away for you

Why is it so important that the stone was rolled away for you and me? Because otherwise, we could not have gotten in. Otherwise, we would not have been invited into the joy of resurrection. We would have been left out. Because the stone was rolled away for you and me, we now have an access to God. Because the body of Christ was given for you and me, we are free to approach God. All was done you and me in mind. So that we could be made right with God. That we could get in what God is doing. And that’s better than anything.

Because the stone was rolled away for you and me, we now have an access to God. Because the body of Christ was given for you and me, we are free to approach God. All was done you and me in mind. So that we could be made right with God. That we could get in what God is doing. And that’s better than anything.

Did you know the invitation is valid also today? See, all is done, everything is prepared. The door is wide open for all who wants to come. How about you? Do you want to get in?

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for preparing everything for us in your mind and
offering all a standing invitation into your presence.
We want to take you up on your offer.
Lord, we want to be yours.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

Q4U: See, it was all done you in mind. How does it make you feel?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you say “yes” to God’s invitation to step into His arms!

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April 17, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Resurrection Makes All the Difference

Resurrection makes all the differenceResurrection makes all the difference, folks. Without the resurrection, we’d be without hope. Life would be just life, no hope for broken hearted. No hope for sick and unhappy. And, certainly, no hope for sinners. Blessedly, God knew better. He knew we needed him even when we did not know we needed him. Hence, he sent Jesus to die for us. Jesus came to friend us, teach us, and save us. Because Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected, we have hope upon hope. Resurrection makes all the difference.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. (1 Peter 1:3-5, NLT)

Resurrection makes all the difference

Jesus is risen and nothing will ever be the same in the lives of believers. The resurrection of Jesus changed everything. This earthly life is full of death and dying, hardships and sorrow but the resurrection of Jesus brings us hope. This existence is not all there is.

Resurrection makes all the difference: Life and light win over death and darkness. God’s aggressive forgiveness, grace, wins sin hands down. Now there is freedom for everyone. God’s kingdom is here. The resurrection power is in charge. Hence we live now with great expectation. We are on the victor’s side. Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing. Hallelujah!

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for raising Jesus from the death!
What a God you are!
How wonderful that resurrection makes all the difference.
Be praised forever and ever!
Thank you for saving us through Jesus!
Hallelujah!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Have you experienced the power of resurrection?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus!

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April 14, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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What Wondrous Love Is This

Crucifixion of Jesus by Matthias Grunewald

What a holy day Good Friday really is. Still it’s hard to understand what Jesus really did for us. The amount of suffering is beyond our imagination. Yet, he did it. Jesus died the most brutal death so we could be forgiven and made right with God. Such love. And, think, all we can do is to receive it and let it change us inside out. What wondrous love is this?

He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24, AMP,*)

The Message of Crucifixion

While we were still helpless [powerless to provide for our salvation], at the right time Christ died [as a substitute] for the ungodly. Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to willingly give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a good man [one who is noble and selfless and worthy] someone might even dare to die. But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Therefore, since we have now been justified [declared free of the guilt of sin] by His blood, [how much more certain is it that] we will be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, having been reconciled, that we will be saved [from the consequences of sin] by His life [that is, we will be saved because Christ lives today]. (Romans 5:6-10, AMP,*)

The message of Good Friday, Christ died as a substitute for the ungodly, is humbling but it persistently stirs hope in me. Jesus did what we could not do. What wondrous love is this? Needless to say, I came home from church this morning filled with awe and quiet adoration. Also, I was glad when I found this song (performed by Chelsea Moon and the Franz Brothers) which captures this adoration beautifully. I hope it blesses you as it blessed me.

The Lyrics of What wondrous love is this

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down
When I was sinking down, sinking down
When I was sinking down beneath God righteous frown
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great Am;
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing

And when from death I free, Il sing on, Il sing on;
And when from death I free, Il sing on
And when from death I free, Il sing and joyful be;
And through eternity, Il sing on, Il sing on;
And through eternity, Il sing on.


Let us pray

Dear God,
What wondrous love is this love of yours!
We thank you and we praise you.
Thank you for sending your own son to die for our sins.
It’s more than we can comprehend,
what a wondrous gift.
We open our empty hands and hearts
to receive your gifts.
Cleanse us from all unrighteousness,
create in us a clean heart
and fill us with your love and grace.
Be praised forever and ever!
Thank you, Jesus!
In your precious name,
Amen

Q4U: What wondrous love is this? Do you know it? How do you react to it?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you praise Jesus for all he’s done for you!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

Image by Matthias Grünewald (German, c. 1475/1480 – 1528 ), The Small Crucifixion, c. 1511/1520, oil on panel, Samuel H. Kress Collection. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus, Five-minute Friday.

April 12, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Do You Wash Your Hands like Pilate?

Do you wash your hands like PilateToday, I was contemplating on the text on Pilate washing his hands for responsibility of Jesus’ death. I understand his dilemma: the crowd wanting Jesus dead and Pilate wanting to keep his job while (he and) his wife not finding Jesus guilty. What to do? Whom to serve? And did the hand washing work? Did he get rid of his guilt or not? How about you?

Do you wash your hands like Pilate?

How does that work? I’m afraid washing our hands do not take our responsibility away. Even if our heart hurts but we do or say nothing, we are guilty. Dietrich Bonhoeffer convicts us all with his words “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Are you guilty of trying to was your hands like Pilate, trying to serve many masters? Ouch. I am guilty as charged. What to do then?

How to get rid of guilt?

The only way to freedom of sin is through grace of God. We can’t rid of guilt ourselves, we need Jesus to do that. No matter how much you wash your hands like Pilate for responsibility of Jesus’ death, it is still there. Also, no matter how much you try to cover the multitude of your sins, it does not work. Your sins do not go away by effort. But they do go away by the power of grace. When we repent and ask forgiveness, our sins and our guilt over our sins are lifted. Grace cleanses us of all unrighteousness, all guilt, all wrongdoing. Grace also covers the things we have left undone or unsaid. (But it does not get us off the hook of defending the defenceless, doing the right thing, and following Christ wherever he leads us.)

What about shame?

I hope you recognize that shame and guilt are two different things. Guilt is most often factual, based on the sins we’ve committed. God’s grace is the antidote to guilt. Because when we find forgiveness, we are finally free of guilt. On the other hand, shame is often fictional, based on feelings of inadequacy. God’s love is the antidote for shame. Because when we find our true worth in Christ, we learn to live as shame-free children of God.

But back to Pilate. He thought it was enough to ritually wash his hands for responsibility of Jesus’ death. We might think it is enough to be neutral over the modern disputes. But we are as guilty as the crowd wanting to crucify Jesus. We can’t make ourselves good; we can’t save ourselves. But God can. Thankfully, Jesus chose to go to the cross to die for our sins. There’s no sin that grace – God’s aggressive forgiveness – could not win hands down. We can’t, but God can. Hallelujah!

 

Gracious God,
Forgive us for trying to make ourselves look good outside.
Show us when we try to wash our hands like Pilate.
Forgive us for our silence in the face of evil,
no matter how insignificant it may seem to us.
Embolden us, Lord!
Show us your heart in the matters.
Help us not to listen to the crowds.
We want to serve only you, Lord.
Make it so!
Also, cleanse us from all unrighteousness
and help us to see others and ourselves with your eyes.
Pour out grace upon grace,
heal what needs to be healed.
In Jesus’ powerful name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you wash your hands like Pilate? Does it work? How do you get rid of guilt & shame?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace Christ and him crucified and celebrate the power of grace in your life!

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April 10, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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A Call to Pray with Jesus

A call to pray with JesusJesus asked his disciples to pray with him at Gethsemane, yet they slept. Just the same way, Jesus is asking us to pray with him too. How do we respond? Do we sleepwalk through our life? Or do we obey and pray with Jesus? Because we have a call to pray with Jesus. And that’s a high calling.

Then he [Jesus] said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” (Matthew 26:38, NIV)

A Calling to pray with Jesus

Jesus valued prayer and he prayed often. If we want to become like him, we need to pray – and hard. You see, prayer is a calling. It’s a powerful force. As Andrew Murray has said “We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth.” We share a call to pray with Jesus. Indeed, we are called to bring God’s power down to earth.

Yet, we focus on other stuff. Unfortunately, prayer is not our priority like it should be. We have a call to pray with Jesus yet we don’t take it seriously. We pray little here and there and think we are doing fine. But we are called for so much more! We are called to bring God’s power down to earth. It’s a spiritual war out there yet we continue to sleepwalk through our life. Lord, have mercy. 

A prayer challenge for you

It’s time to start treating prayer as a calling. I challenge you to take praying seriously. It’s time for us to be part of bringing God’s power down to earth, don’t you think? I want to commit myself to pray with Jesus regularly and I want to challenge you to do the same. This is not just our regular type of praying though, this kind of praying is on the top of our own prayer concerns. I want us to dedicate ourselves to pray like God’s soldiers, to bring God’s power down to earth. We need to report to our prayer duty and ask the Holy Spirit to show us what to pray for. God’s Spirit with guide us. When we pray with Jesus, we can experience God’s power right where we are. Nothing better than that.

 

Let us pray:

Dear God,
Thank you for giving us the gift of prayer
and calling us to work with you
Forgive our laziness and prayerlessness.
Wake us up, Lord!
Help us to believe in the power of prayer
and empower us to be prayer warriors for you.
We want to pray with Jesus.
Show us what we need to pray for;
show us how to bring your power down to earth.
We want to make a way for you, Lord.
May your kingdom come.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you sleepwalk through your life? Or are you alert for God’s prayer prompts?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you take the prayer challenge to bring God’s power down to earth!

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April 7, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Jesus Is More than Enough

Jesus is more than enoughSome encounters have left me a bit dumbfounded lately. I’ve met some friends and acquaintances who are Christians and they told me they’ve been looking for answers for their problems from New Age or mindfulness or something else but not from Jesus. I find it very sad that Christians don’t know Jesus and his power. They haven’t learned to embrace Jesus for all who he is. Somehow, they don’t know Jesus is all they ever need. Jesus is always enough. Actually, let me tell you: Jesus is more than enough.

And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19, AMP,*)

Jesus is more than enough

Many Christians are happy to receive salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. But they think it all ends there. They think  they’re left to deal with their lives on their own the best they can. But that’s not true. That’s not all there is to faith, grace or Jesus. Not even close. Jesus is more than enough.

And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did]; 11 so that I may attain to the resurrection [that will raise me] from the dead. (Phil.3:10-11, AMP.*)

Faith is more than wishful thinking. And grace does not “just” save us from death to life but it also empowers us for Christian living. Jesus is not just a mere prophet, he is the son of God. Jesus is God. And his resurrection power is more than enough. Jesus is more than enough. Whatever your problem, Jesus is your answer. This might sound too simplistic but I’ve found it to be true. Jesus is all I need. Jesus is more than enough.

 

Gracious God,
Forgive us for not trusting you to be our everything.
Help us to believe that Jesus is more than enough.
Enable us to stake our lives on Jesus.
Let us experience your resurrection power in our lives.
Make us more Christ-like every day of our lives.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you believe that Jesus is more than enough or do you look for answers elsewhere? Why/why not?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to know and trust Jesus with all your problems!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

Image courtesy of Chris Gallimore/unsplash.com, design by Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus, Five-minute Friday.

April 5, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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What Does It Mean to Live for Christ?

What does it mean to live for Christ?Have you ever wondered what it means to live for Christ? It is very contradictory to what we hear otherwise. The world wants us to find ourselves and live for ourselves and go after what we want. Yet, the Bible tells us to live for Christ. Nothing less, nothing more, nothing else! What does it mean though?

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Cor 5:14-15, NIV)

The profound message of Christianity is that Christ died for all people and if we embrace his death and resurrection as we are invited to do, we are to live for Christ and not for ourselves. Too often Christians embrace only the beginning of that long sentence. The rest gets lost in translation. We are not challenged to live for Christ.

What does it mean to live for Christ?

This is the big question: what does it mean to live for Christ? How should that form our every day life? It is difficult to die for yourself and your way of doing things. Because when we have surrendered our life to Jesus, our life is not ours anymore. We don’t call the shots, we don’t focus on ourselves anymore. Then our life is Christ and all the rest are just details. That’s scary, all right. But so rewarding.

Yet, most people want their life to be about their family or career or hobby. They want to make most of their lives but they don’t realize that with that attitude they’re losing something every day. Because every day they’re one day close to death. And death is then the ultimate loss of what they’ve focused their lives on. But if you live for Christ, death is gain because it means more of Christ. Meanwhile here on earth, you are Christ’s ambassador. When you live for Christ, you love and serve and minister to others. You live with God day by day. And you become more Christ-like little by little, even if you don’t notice it. It’s all grace. It’s all Christ.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you that Jesus is everything we need.
Help us to embrace the fact and
really surrender our lives to you.
We want to live for Christ,
show us what it means to each of us.
May our lives bring glory to you, Lord.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What would you add? What does it mean to live for Christ?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you make Christ your life.

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April 3, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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King of the World

King of the WorldHave you heard Natalie Grant’s song King of the World? It tells about how easy it is to forget God is the kind of the world. The song tells about our tendency to put God in a box. Have you done that lately? Listen and be convicted. May God rule every inch of our lives!

The lyrics of King of the World

I tried to fit you in the walls inside my mind
I try to keep you safely in between the lines
I try to put you in the box that I’ve designed
I try to pull you down so we are eye to eye

When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you’re the one who holds it all
When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world

Just a whisper of your voice can tame the seas
So who am I to try to take the lead
Still I run ahead and think I’m strong enough
When you’re the one who made me from the dust

When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you’re the one who holds it all
When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world

Ohhhh, you set it all in motion
Every single moment
You brought it all to be
And you’re holding on to me

When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you’re the one who holds it all
When did I forget you’ve always been the king of the world
You will always be the king of the world

Posts on trying to put God in a box

If you’re looking for some further inspiration, check out these posts: Leviticus & Why God Does not Fit in a Box and Making room for God. Blessedly, God is bigger and more awesome than we can ever imagine. Life is not about us and our (lack of) capabilities. It’s about God’s love and grace towards us. He holds us and the whole world together. Hence, we can rest in him. No matter what.

Let us pray

Dear God,
Forgive us for forgetting you
and pushing you away from us.
Be our King, Lord and Savior.
Be praised forever and ever!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you have a tendency to put God in a box?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you praise the King of the World!

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March 31, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Let Mercy, Kindness and Truth Define You

Let Mercy, Kindness and Truth Define YouWhat does define you? What are you made of? Not things that we’d think that often yet they matter. Who we are matters. Whose we are matters even more. Today I read a Bible verse that made me wonder of what qualities actually define me. These are the qualities I want to define me: mercy, kindness and truth.

Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let these qualities define you];
Bind them [securely] around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
(Proverbs 3:3, AMP,*)

Mercy, kindness and truth

Mercy, kindness are truth are usually qualities that represent God in the Bible. We can’t let God and these qualities to leave us. And God won’t, he has promised to always be with us. And, yes, he also defines us. We are his beloved children and that’s something nobody can take away from us. These qualities – mercy, kindness and truth – also define the perfection of moral character in us. This is what God wants from us. Mercy, kindness and truth are to be our constant companions through life. They are to show us how to live: with integrity and love.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.
(Micah 6:8, NIV,*)

How to live with integrity?

The answer is not to exercise more your moral muscle. You see, we can’t make ourselves good. But God can. Hence, the answer is to let God change us inside out. The only way to do that is to live in his grace day by day. Then the Holy Spirit changes us little by little. When we are filled with grace, hate and other forms of selfishness start to disappear with all kinds of falsehoods and hypocrisy. Hence, there is more room for mercy, kindness and truth in us. Don’t forget: it’s all God’s work in us. Yet we are the ones blessed with a balanced life full of love and all the good things.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for callings us away from falsehood and hate.
Fill us to the brim with mercy, kindness and truth.
Be our constant companion through life.
Guide us, change us, love us.
Be our everything and make us everything we can be.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What/who defines you?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you let mercy, kindness and truth define you!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

Image courtesy of Ben White/unsplash.com, design by Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus, Five-minute Friday.

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