January 4, 2021

Strengthened by Grace

O God, strengthen me with your grace. And may it be grace that instructs my attitudes toward those around me—those I love, those I'm told should be my enemies
If only they had such a mind as this, to fear me and to keep all my commandments always, so that it might go well with them and with their children forever!
Deuteronomy 5:29
The standards of the Bible—especially the Old Testament—are so high! If only we had a mind not only to fear God but to keep all God's commandments—always—then, finally, everything will be alright. 
Well, I guess I'd better prepare for the worst then. I worship God, but I'm sometimes too proud to do it completely. I try to follow ways of mercy, peace, and justice, but I'm usually too weak. There are so many rules and my mind is only so big... my spirit is even smaller
But then there's grace. When confronted by my inability to follow the rules, it's time to just put myself in God's hands. If it's a rule that really matters, I pray not only for the strength to live up to God's standards, but also for the people effected by my righteousness (or lack thereof). 

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings; for it is well for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by regulations about food, which have not benefited those who observe them.
 Hebrews 13:9
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
O God, strengthen me with your grace. And may it be grace that instructs my attitudes toward those around me—those I love, those I'm told should be my enemies, and those I don't know at all.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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1 comment:

  1. I think this is why I like the New Testament so much. It incorporates all those Old Testament laws and rules into the 2 Commandments that really incorporate all the Old Testament laws. Concentrating on those 2, I feel I have the Old Testament ones covered.

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