For the joy of knowing and experiencing You, thank You, Papa God!
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“GRACE, MERCY and PEACE from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love…love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you WALK IN LOVE.” (2 John :3)
3 gifts given to me so that I might give the world one.
When You look at me, a sinner who’s not always followed Your commands, You, Lord, chose to have an attitude of grace toward me. When I go my own way, rebelling against what You say is best for me, You choose to extend Your grace toward me. Though my ways are unfavorable to You, You choose to freely bestow Your favor on me. You give me what I don’t even deserve.
You see and know my sinful self, and even though I ought to die for my sin, You choose NOT to give me what I deserve. You have created me to be like Your Son, but the sin in this broken world is a continual obstacle for me, a constant temptation. You see me in my distress between the natural and the supernatural, and You choose an attitude of mercy toward me.
When You became a part of my life, You acquainted me with Your peace. Your peace takes root and produces a plant which bears the fruit of reconciliation with You, in spite of my sin …the fruit of harmony with others, as You help us to get along …and the fruit of contentment, through experiencing Your ability to handle any need or concern I have ever or will ever face in this life.
Grace must go before mercy, for it’s the forgiven who may be blessed. You grant favor and withhold judgment. You give pardon and forego sentencing. Mercy is the act of You alone, Lord. Peace is the experience that results in my heart as I encounter You.
You reveal these gifts to me through Truth — Your Word, Your Son, Jesus. When I follow Your truth, I can know that these gifts are mine–not just a wish or prayer of hope …but having assurance that You’ve freely given them all to me.
A gift can be given, holding all its blessing and promise inside; yet, an unopened gift, never touches the recipient in the way intended by the giver. Father, thank You for Your grace, Your mercy, and Your peace. As I open these gifts and integrate them into my life, help me to gift others as You have commanded me: to love them. Help me to wear Your grace, mercy and peace like garments while walking throughout each day in an attitude of love toward others . . . as You continue to make me just like Jesus. Amen.