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But “when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior. And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life.”
We have hope because of the mercy of God. A miracle of "rebirth and renewal" (NIV) upon receiving Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit makes us right before God and able to approach Him. For a life that does not know salvation: when there are no answers, where is there comfort? When there is loss, pain, turmoil, or hardship: from where does peace come? Lord God, please be the light in us that we may share Jesus Christ with all those we meet; be it through our words, our example, or our desperate dependence upon You. Make known your mercy, and convict hearts to receive Jesus!
Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
We serve a God who is patient with us. It's hard to imagine sometimes that we are living with time that is constantly purchased with the mercy of our God. There is a day coming, the promise of Jesus' return is true. If we did not believe in Christ Jesus and have repentance, we would all perish - and it would be right for us to perish. But praise God that Jesus stepped in and made it possible for us to not only live, but to gain eternal life! We are able to stand before God because of Christ alone!
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who obtains understanding. For her benefit is more profitable than silver, and her gain is better than gold.
Lord, today we ask for wisdom and understanding. You are the only one who has true wisdom and understanding for us. These things cannot be produced by our effort; especially effort for worldly desires like money or status. Holy Spirit, lead us in getting to know our God and teach us humility that we may gain wisdom and understanding. Make us teachable and changeable, and set our hearts ablaze for more of God.
Listen to my cry for help, O Lord! Give me insight by your word! Listen to my appeal for mercy! Deliver me, as you promised. May praise flow freely from my lips, for you teach me your statutes. May my tongue sing about your instructions, for all your commands are just.
Today, let these verses be your prayer. Our God is present in our lives and has made His home with those who believe in Christ. We were built to praise Him, to come to God and lay our burdens, our troubles, our hopes and dreams; everything we are and need at the throne of grace. Best of all - our God hears us and responds in a way that is for us, and not against us. Remain in the love of Christ! (John 15:9-10)
Those who are eager to do wrong draw near; they are far from your law. You are near, O Lord, and all your commands are reliable.
It will come as no surprise to many of you that there is both good and evil in this world. This goes for what you can see (physical), and what you cannot see (spiritual). The many battles that are being fought in those realms are for our souls. Evil (Satan) tries to deceive us, and good (God) tells us the truth. Hold fast to the truth that Jesus Christ saved you from the cost of your sin. No matter how evil attacks you, remember and believe in Jesus as the Messiah that He is.