Today, we had a good start to the day, went to PE with the dog, I got about 2 1/2 miles in while the kids were in class. Then ran into our ex youth minister’s wife who just started homeschooling and our PE class. It was good to see her but rather awkward because they left the church all of a sudden without explanation. Then we get home and I go outside to the back patio and we have an overnight extensive ant invasion out there. Then mom calls and her car battery is dead. That is three weird things to deal with in one day.
So, I handled one at a time and now we are going swimming. Sometimes we need little rewards for things done well, especially weird unexpected things that break your flow. Flexibility with grace should be our M.O. but that M.O. should be rewarded sometimes and today at the pool is one of those times. And that will calm me back down. 😄❤
Matthew 5, 6 & 7 is the Sermon on the Mount, arguably the strongest teaching from Jesus on how to live. Here, He corrects errors of heart. Here is the insight:
Thr Sermon on the Mount is teaching on how to obey the law (Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.) Only Jesus says to do this humbly and from the heart and WITH GRACE.
And this is the revolution Jesus led. That of grace and forgiveness, doing what is right humbly from the inside out with forgiveness.❤
People try to balance right and wrong. As if doing more good than bad saves your eternal soul. This is a ridiculous, ludicrous notion and here is why. Who determines what is right and wrong and which is better and keeps tabs on which you do in what column? See the ridiculousness of it? It is laughable. Even if you get right and wrong from the truth of the Bible, there are sometimes extrenuous circumstances and that God searches the heart, intent and motivation as much as what we do. So who can be more right than wrong by those high standards? You see how flawed that thinking is?
What God calls us to is perfection. But what He means by that is complete and mature and balanced. He wants us saved by the blood and resurrection power of Christ Jesus, which is a free gift in response to a humble prayer for it. Then we are saved. No right and wrong balanced, we are saved and secure for eternity with Him as long as we keep our humble prayer for salvation our heart’s desire. And no strings are attached, it is our gift. The complete maturity and balance (of eternity thinking and now thinking) comes after that as we live our lives focused on Him, maturing, growing, learning and studying truth, serving, appreciating, worshipping, praying, etc. As we strive every minute, every day, every thought or goal to be a follower of Christ Jesus, we become more like Him and eventually take on His likeness and focus and perspective. That is the perfection God calls us to. He takes us as we are, loves us, blesses us with the free gift of salvation, then trains us to be so much more for n our benefit and His kingdom’s benefit. And this is His will for us all. He loves us that much! How amazing is that! How perfect is He!❤❤❤
God pours grace into us. He lets it flow freely. It is our means of salvation, offered as a precious gift as soon as we accept Jesus as our Savior. It is not earned or we could provide our own salvation and we can not. It is not up in the air, our room in heaven is secured, certain, guaranteed. The work we do in life to worship God and serve others is not to earn anything but to show thanks for the free gift n of grace and salvation God gave us. We need to be grateful for it because that is the right response when we have been given so valuable a gift freely of eternal life with our Creator. Grace is that important and enormous. It is an extension of God’s love for us and is motivated by it. All we have to do is truly accept it. And the correct response is gratitude, which is our motivation to worship, love, and serve others and share the gift.❤
I screw up, you screw up, everyone screws up. It is called sin in the Bible… a mistake of disobedience, a work of pride, intentional or even inintentional. It is gonna happen, it may be happening now. But God has a plan through the redemptive blood of Jesus who died and arose for our sins. God loves us so much and knows we need constant forgiving, so gives us grace and pardon when we ask but we need to do the work of being humble and accepting His living, free gift and then making it right on our end. That is it. So simple. Then we are free of it and burdens are lifted away. It is simply beautiful! Praise God!😄❤