Have you ever prayed for the love of God to be manifested? To be felt by you? While you may know mentally that you are loved and accepted it may seem that the heart yearns for it to be felt. It may feel empty.
Have you ever consider taking time to reflect how God uses people to fill that love? That God causes people to move or do acts of caring for you?
Have you been vulnerable and the people with you responded with grace and love?
Have you ever made a list of all the possible good you are experiencing despite the present challenges?
These things we need to ask ourselves, these thing we need to ponder. How is the love of God manifested in your life?
Do we have him in a box? In our set of expectations? Because these can possibly blind us from seeing how He is manifesting His love and care?
What else can hinder? Would it be possible we are nurturing anger, bitterness and un-forgiveness? how much more is greed and pride?
If we truly desire to experience His love, it takes a humble heart to ask for it, have it His way and show the potential hinderances and act on obedience.
While there are situations of extreme, while you might be in, it can never negate the presence of His Love.
Sometimes, We are more hard on ourselves… the subconscious words we accept and say to ourselves. This can be “I am are not worthy”, ” I am a bad person”, ” I am filthy” “I am ugly”. and so many more self declarations.
Whatever it may be, My prayer for you is that 2022 will be your year of knowing more and experiencing the love of God in Christ.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
The Bible teaches us, we are not only saved by grace, but also living life by grace, every day of our lives. This so important yet so little understood or practice by christians.
Saved by grace, living life by grace .
The sound good faulty motto: “God helps those who helps themselves.” This is actually transactional.
It sounds and looks like this; if I try harder to be good maybe God will bless me more, and change myself maybe God will be gracious to me. If only I can commit more in serving the church, in giving, disciple more people, evangelize more, do good more with some help with God.
Remember what the apostle Paul said; “ But by the grace of God I am what I am”.
The truth that needs to be reaffirmed daily is this,
My daily relationship with God is base of the merit of Christ instead of my own performance.
God’s transforming grace liberates us from the daily performance mentality and sets us to faith place alone on Jesus Christ.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.2 Peter 2:18 ESV
May we learn to pray 2 Peter 2:18 in the journey of our lives, May we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus.
This writen entry is from a book I am reading at the moment titled “ Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges. These are my take home notes, from the preface portion. There are more from the book itself.