Monday, May 07, 2007

May 7, 2007

Good morning. That is a good statement to start the week on, “The grace of God exalts a man without inflating and it humbles a man without debasing him.” How often have we heard that we need to be humble and started saying things like: I am nothing, I am worse than nothing, I am the sludge at the bottom of the ocean… Jesus didn’t come to sacrifice himself for nothing or less than nothing. At the other end of the scale, we might start believing that our efforts or results have everything to do with our self and not give thanks and credit to God. A person is saved and we might have that thought, “I saved him or her.” Don’t let such thoughts dwell in your mind as only God can save someone. It is wonderful that grace can exalt without inflating. In this world it is too easy to take all the credit for our self, or to debase our self with hateful words. The key may be in allowing the grace of God to exalt and humble you as necessary, and not to try doing it to your self. We do need to remind our inner self that we are beloved of God as we are, not for some false perfect or debased image we might have in our minds of what we think we should become. The world says to believe in your self, we say to believe in Jesus. Let the Glory of the Lord rise above you today!


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