Today Is A Day Of Grace

There will be a day of judgment, but today is not that day. Today is a day of grace.

That is the message I took home from church this morning. The man who shared this is not a pastor, but he sure knows God’s word and shares it powerfully. Like Paul, he eagerly preaches, and I, for one, was convicted.

Why do I not share about God’s mercy and grace with more people? After all, it is the power to save everyone. That means anyone. And that includes you. Today, no one is outside the reach of God’s grace. I know that we sometimes view others as if they are. We proceed to become judge and jury. But, that is not our role. Our role is to share how Jesus Christ changes lives. To preach about what His life, death, and resurrection really mean.

Don’t get me wrong…there will be a day of judgment for each of us. I don’t want anyone I love getting to that day without knowing for sure that they will spend an eternity in paradise. How can any of us be sure of this? It really is simple. We have to believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess that Jesus is Lord of our lives. We have to repent of our sins…turn away from what we do wrong and turn to God for forgiveness and salvation. We can’t force anyone to follow Christ, but we should feel compelled to tell others about His great love.

Yes, today is a day of grace. We don’t deserve it, but God will save us anyway. Any one of us. But, we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. We must make today the day of salvation. It might be the only chance we have to accept Jesus Christ as Savior or to share this free gift with others. Don’t waste it.

Prayer:

“Lord, instill in me a deeper, more compelling desire to tell others about You. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel. Amen.”

If you are ready to accept God’s free gift of salvation, you can use a prayer such as the one below (from Billy Graham Library). 

“Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name. Amen.”

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Why Anger Is A Problem

In speaking and writing about anger, I often quote James 1:19, which states, “Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” Such wise words. But, I recently realized that I never go on to James 1:20, which is also so important. It says, “For the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” I love this because it gives us the rationale and the motivation to focus more on listening and less on speaking and getting angry. You see, the Bible tells us that others will know we are Christians by our love (John 13:35), and when we are so quick to get angry, we certainly aren’t showing our love. Yes, it’s true that there is righteous anger (and examples of both God and Jesus getting angry can be found throughout the Bible), but keep in mind James 1:19 doesn’t tell us to never get angry. It simply says to be slow to anger. So that we can be right with God and so that we can be more like God. Anger that comes from within us does not help us or others. In order to successfully follow the words of James 1:19, we need to remember the words of James 1:20. So, the next time you are tempted to get angry quickly, remind yourself that it won’t do you any good…and it certainly won’t draw you or others close to God.

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The Monster Hiding in Plain Site

What if.

What if I get sick again? What if I never get over this pain? What if I mess up my kids? What if we don’t have enough money? What if I don’t get the promotion? What if I never get married? What if…what if…what if…

The what if monster is hiding in plain site. This monster causes fear and worry. Insecurity and stress. This monster is lurking everywhere just waiting to bring us down Ugh. Get out of here you monster!

In Matthew 6:27 Jesus asks, “Can any one of you by worrying add even a single hour to your life?” Great question. I remind myself of this question frequently. Clearly, the answer is “NO.” Worry does get us something, but it’s not positive. We certainly don’t get time added to our lives by worry. Instead, we feel bad emotionally and physically. Worse, it can impact our relationship with the one who clearly tells us we should not worry.

Friends, I know, and I mean I really know, that this is easier said than done. But, I am committed to working harder to focus on the One who created me not to worry. He can help us kick that old what if monster to the curb.

 

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