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TODAY’S VERSE
“But each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.”
Psalms 42:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
If nothing else, we are full of emotions. You can’t get away from them. But the goal is not to evade emotions rather we need to regulate them. That is letting God, in all His power, grace and love, return us to a deep joy and peace. Psalms 42 exemplifies this. Throughout the Psalm the author shares deep emotional angst. But each time the Psalmist turns to God. “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?” the author asks. But then the author writes, “I will put my hope in God!” Again, “Now I am deeply discouraged,” followed with a resounding, “but I will remember you.”  Every day seemed to bring its emotional test but the author is quick to note, “Each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.” Today, life will have its emotional challenges but don’t stop there. You have a choice. Give your heart to God. Talk to Him, share your story with Him and let His love for you, His concern, His opinion of you, return you to joy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know my emotions. You know my ups and downs. You know my hurts, my fraility, my insecurities. So I come to You. I come and ask You to speak to me, comfort me, share with me the truth of Your deep love and care You have for me. And then, in Your tender mercy, return me to joy. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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God’s Grace

TODAY’S VERSE
“I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him.”
II Corinthians 2:5-8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It’s what I love about Christianity. God’s grace. When I have so much to be forgiven, God in His grace forgives me. When I am so far from what God expects, He still guides me, corrects me and restores my soul. Grace is the free gift of God. And yet, why is it, we who receive so much grace find it so hard to give it to others? Jesus told many parables about people being forgiven much and the expectation that they in turn should forgive others. The church in Corinth had someone who was expelled from their fellowship. But instead of banishing him forever, Paul encourages the church to forgive him and comfort him. More than that Paul wrote, “So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him.” How hard it is to forgive those that have offended us. How difficult to give grace to someone we think doesn’t deserve it. But isn’t that what grace is all about? My grace isn’t much, but God’s grace is. Sometimes it comes down to the question, “Whose grace are we going to give, ours or Christ’s? Today, let the remembrance of God’s grace in our life motivate us to extend grace to others.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for all the grace You have extended to me. Your sweet grace, totally undeserved, has been given freely to me. Forgive me for the times I do not extend the same kind of grace to others. Help me love the way You do. Help me offer the same grace to those in my life that You have given to me. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Shame and Grace

TODAY’S VERSE
“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”
II Thessalonians 2:15-17 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Shame and grace are perhaps the two of the most powerful words in molding and shaping our beliefs about ourself. Shame keeps us from accepting all the love God has for us. We simply cannot believe. Lewis Smedes in his book, “Shame and Grace” writes, “The feeling of shame is about our very selves – not about something we did or said but about what we are. It tells us that we are unworthy. Totally. It is not a few seams in the garment of our selves need stitching; the whole fabric is frayed. We feel we are unacceptable.” How do we overcome such devastating feelings? How can we ever shake such a deep emotion? Only through God’s grace. Paul says that it is God who loves us and by His grace gives us encouragement and hope. His grace encourages our hearts and strengthens us. Smedes writes, “Grace overcomes shame by simply accepting us, the whole of us, with no regard to our beauty or our ugliness, our virtue or our vices. We are accepted wholesale. Accepted with no possibility of being rejected. Accepted once and forever. Accepted at the ultimate depth of our being. We are given what we have longed for in every nook and nuance of every relationship.” Amazing grace, how sweet the sound. Are you listening? Today, read this devotional again and believe. It is by grace that you are saved. You are loved.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh Father, melt my heart. Open me and pour your grace deep into my soul. I believe, but today help my unbelief. Your grace loves me. Your grace saves me. Lord, I renounce my shame and accept your unconditional love. Flood my being with the joy of Your grace I pray. Because of Jesus.
AMEN

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Grace

TODAY’S VERSE
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Where would we be if we had to save ourself? If we stood before God, what would we say? What could we say that would ever prove that we deserve eternal life? Paul makes it clear that our forgiveness is not a reward for good behavior. No, it is a choice that God makes on our behalf. He forgives us and accepts us because of His great love for us. And yet, in our own way we all try to justify ourself. In his book, “Surrender To Love”, Dr. David Benner shares, “Grace is totally alien to human psychology. We want to get our house in order and then let God love and accept us. – I want to be able to contribute something to the deal, my faith, my effort, my love, my belief. But the bottom line is that Perfect Love meets me where I am and asks only that I open my heart and receive the love for which I long.” Today, quit striving to save yourself. Christ has already provided a way for you to be in perfect relationship with God. Accept His love. Accept His gift of salvation. Accept His grace.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for providing everything I need to be Your child. Thank You for everything I need to have all my sins washed away. I know I can’t earn Your forgiveness; instead, it is Your free gift to me. I accept Your forgiveness; I accept Your grace toward me. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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