Love is Action

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Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them.           Psalm 119:165 KJV

My grandfather underlined this verse in his Bible. It comforts me to know that he may have had some of the same struggles I have with being offended. And perhaps he also came to realize it did not bring peace. That peace comes from loving God’s law, which is to love God and others.

When I choose to be offended, I’m keeping record of wrongs, and that is not love. When I rely on my feelings for love, I forget that love is action. Love is kind, love is patient, and keeps no record of wrongs. These are acts that I want to choose rather than holding onto my self-righteous feelings of being offended.

Lord, Help me to love by my actions, and choose not to be offended.

God’s Gift of Faith

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Some days are especially challenging for my adult grandson, who has a developmental disorder. On one of those rough days he asked me to find a cord for a cross so he could wear it as a necklace.
His words that followed touched my heart: “I’m a Christian, Grandma, even if I make mistakes sometimes.”
What truth! And what faith! We don’t earn being a Christian. It is God’s free gift.

We cannot earn it. And our mistakes cannot take it away.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”  Ephesians 2:8