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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Now That The Pressure Is Off.

The gospel frees us from the pressure of trying to earn our way into heaven!  Hallelujah!  This means that we can now focus on living the gospel (implications).   True understanding of the gospel gives us the gift of gratefulness.  Truth is we deserved to die and the penalty for the sins we have committed, are committing, and will commit is death.  Jesus paid the price for our sins and the proper response is gratitude!  Here are three characteristics of a grateful heart:
  1.  A grateful heart is a willing heart.
  2.  A grateful heart is a loving heart.
  3.  A grateful heart is a serving heart.
The question becomes what does that look like in my day to day life?  For today we will take a quick look at doing the unexpected.  As I study the gospel I discover a Jesus that did the unexpected.  For example the children of Israel expected a militant and conquering Jesus (Messiah) instead they got a loving, compassionate, and serving Jesus (Messiah).  This means for you and I that we are to do the same. Here are a few tangible examples of how you can do the unexpected:

  1. You can call someone who you never called but have their number and give them an encouraging word.
  2. You can buy someone a meal who doesn't have the ability to pay you back.
  3. You can visit someone who has no else to visit them.
Simple things like that can make a major impact on the lives of individuals and when we do those sort of things the gospel goes from being a set of beliefs about Jesus The Christ to power of God in our daily lives.

Scripture Reference:  Deuteronomy 6:5

God bless,
Bondservant Hollis

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