Immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us.
Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it.
Ephesians 2:4, 5a, 7, 8 MSG*
What amazing love is this, that “where God wants us” is close to Him, in restored relationship! And that in patience and grace He will take the time to train us, heal us and shape us into the potential He’s set within us.
He saved us, He is saving us, He will save us.
The “all we do is trust Him enough to let Him do it” is that simple and that hard. Choosing to trust God’s love, and that He’s shaping us even through the things we don’t like, is a hard obedience. It’s “a long obedience in the same direction.”
God who is Peace, the perfect peace of completeness when we’re in relationship with You, thank You for a love beyond what we can imagine. Thank You for rescue and for renewal. Help us, deep in our spirits, to know and rely on Your love and to trust You enough to let You work in us.
Let Matt Redman’s song, “Never Once,” remind us to trust.
*The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
Maybe some censorship is good. Think about child porn or any porn for that matter and also the neonatzis. There are probably others but that’s enough to make my point.
Peter, I heartily agree, although I’m not sure how to keep the truly harmful out without giving some group of people the authority to decide what “truly harmful” means. Definitely anything hateful or destructive, but then we see people trying to accuse biblical standards of being hateful because the standards define right and wrong. It’s tricky.
The “stop censorship” ribbon on the blog is linked to Stop American Censorship and is related to this: “On Wednesday Jan. 18th thousands of sites went dark to protest SOPA & PIPA, two US bills racing through Congress that threaten prosperity, online security, and freedom of expression.” To my mind it wasn’t so much about censorship as about potentially dangerous bills which would affect people even outside the US.
The ribbon is meant to continue that protest until their Congress votes, but since it doesn’t actually say that unless one clicks it, perhaps I need to take it down. Thanks for getting me thinking!
Your’re absolutely right. I didn’t know the ribbon was clickable though. Censorship and copyright infringement are two different animals and need to be treated in a different manner. The bills in USA is trying to protect the old money earned by copyrights, The protesters are trying to protect the new money earned by free internet expression. It’s all about money. The love of money is the root of all evil, but we all need it.
One thing that makes me think is that some think they have a restored relationship with God when they start going to church. But, they never study God’s word, never spend time in prayer, never praise God for all the wondrous things He does daily, and don’t let God change their old way of living. A truly restored relationship with God is a very precious thing.
It’s a precious thing indeed, Margaret, and it grows deeper and more precious as we nurture it. My pastor calls it “mining for Jesus”. If we don’t work at it, we miss so much. And some people are never shown how to grow.
He is taking my trust to a whole new level. Only He can do that. Thank you for reminding us how important it is to trust, Janet. Blessings. Blessings. And more blessings.
Sometimes I think the entire Christian life can be summed up with the old song, “Trust and Obey.” It’s that simple. And that hard. Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie!
To be able to obey we must be utterly depedant upon Jesus. Any other way leads to pride.