Isaiah 1:18 (VOICE) Come on now, let’s walk and talk; let’s work this out. Your wrongdoings are bloodred, But they can turn as white as snow. Your sins are red like crimson, But they can be made clean again like new wool.
Beloved, no sin is so great that the blood of Jesus cannot atone for it. Receive and be made new. Resist the urge to try to hold tight to baggage that has seemed to define you in times past. Release it and walk in the new I have for you.
For I AM Elohim Rachum – the merciful God who loves you and has provided a means of achieving freedom. And I AM YHVH M’kadesh – the Lord who sanctifies, for I AM the Redeemer and the Restorer, the Creator and the mender of hearts. So look to Me, and stand in faith, for behold I make all things new.
Proverbs 3:34 (AMPC) Though He scoffs at the scoffers and scorns the scorners, yet He gives His undeserved favor to the low [in rank], the humble, and the afflicted.
Beloved, walk with head held high – not in pride, but rather in the confidence of one who knows they walk in the favor of the Lord. For as you choose a lifestyle of humility, I respond by cloaking you with grace. And as you find yourself afflicted and in times of trial, I cover you with my favor.
Refuse to be distracted by how others choose to live, and instead simply focus on how I have called you to live and on your relationship with Me. Make Me your touchstone, your north star, your strong tower. For I AM steadfast, and My love for you endures from generation to generation.
Romans 5:2 (VOICE) Jesus leads us into a place of radical grace where we are able to celebrate the hope of experiencing God’s glory.
Beloved, rest in My radical grace which was freely given to you. Cling fast to hope in seasons of testing, and know My grace is sufficient for all that is before you. I AM faithful, and I AM good. Trust in My mercy as you rely on My grace, for I will see you through.
Trust Me to be glorified even in the greatest trials, for I give beauty for ashes and joy for mourning, so rest in Me. Hope in Me. Cling fast, and trust My radical grace to see you through. Continue reading “Trust My Radical Grace”
Proverbs 10:12 (NLT) Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.
Beloved, choosing to love instead of taking offense is always the right decision. There will always be misunderstandings or people acting from a place of hurt, but how you respond speaks to your character. And as you choose to love, you clearly reflect Me and My heart.
In extending the grace you yourself want to receive, you’re leading by example. And being known for being gracious and loving is a testament of one who knows Me. And beloved, know that you’re leaving a legacy of love that will reach farther and last longer than you can begin to imagine. Continue reading “Leave a Legacy of Love”
John 1:29 (NKJV) The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Beloved, rejoice because your sins have been removed. This is cause for celebration. Give praise! Refuse to live as one marred by sin, nor allow it to have dominion in your life any longer.
You have been equipped to resist temptation, and – in the moments you fall short – My grace is there to cover you. So resist the urge to focus on personal shortcomings, and instead celebrate the fullness of My grace. Continue reading “Celebrate the Fullness of My Grace”
Matthew 6:12 (KJV) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Beloved, be known as some who extends much grace and who forgives quickly. In doing so, you reflect My heart to the world around you, and you leave no room for bitterness and resentment to take root.
You have been forgiven much. I hold no record of wrongs though My memory is more expansive and accurate than anyone’s. So follow My example, beloved, and release those who wrong or slight you into My capable hands. Trust Me to act rightly, for I AM the righteous judge. Continue reading “Extend Forgiveness”
Romans 12:18 (GW) As much as it is possible, live in peace with everyone.
Beloved, refuse to be drawn into fruitless arguments. They achieve no purpose but to create division and disunity. There will be moments to make a stand, but most moments are more fruitful when handled with humility and grace.
Love changes a heart far more effectively than the strongest argument, and it does so with peace. So first and foremost, interact with others from a place of love. In humility, seek to hear their hearts and respond with grace. Create an atmosphere of harmony, and from that base of relationship, deeper conversation can take place.
Psalm 96:7 (VOICE) Give all credit to the Eternal, families of the world! Credit Him with glory, honor, and strength!
Beloved, remember who I AM and see Me rightly. Recognize the works of My hands and honor them as the prized creations that they are. This includes you. This includes all My children. Resist the urge to treat lightly one that I love. Refuse to be tempted to hurt or belittle one that I took time to create.
Just as a broken vessel doesn’t accurately reflect its intended design, so those around you may have similar cracks and seeming defects. And yet I love them. And yet I value them. Will you not choose to see what I see? Instead of judging based on imperfections, ask Me to show you My true design. Catch the vision and align your heart, expectations, and actions with that. As you do that, expect to reap a rich harvest of love. Continue reading “Harvest of Love”