This is the first season of Lent in many years that I have not been preparing sermons for Easter and the weeks leading up to it. It seems a little bit strange to tell the truth…but I have been enjoying watching Spring come alive, the trees are waking up from their long sleep, Spring flowers are blooming, and the hills around home are taking on a tint of green. It’s a good day to follow Jesus
In my reading this morning I was reminded by the prophet Jeremiah:
This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31-33 NLT)
This was good news to me this morning. As followers of Jesus we have become engrafted branches (Romans 11:17) and that means that God’s law has been written on our heart. And if God’s law has been written on our heart we should feel a sting within when we encounter wrong in any of it’s forms.
When we feel a cut above anybody else – sting – when look down on the fatherless, the widow, the orphan or the alien – sting – when people who are different from us cause us to shut them out – sting – when our bent for success out weighs our love for God or neighbor – sting – when we feel as though we know God’s mind – which the prophet says is new and fresh each morning – and that we can make determinations based on our presumptions – sting – without allowing for God’s mercy and grace. On and on it goes. Our heart either corrects us or condemns us. If something appeals to our sinful nature…trust the heart not the tempter.
If we want to be honest and truly repentant we really don’t have far to look for our own misunderstandings…trust what is written on our heart and let nothing blind us to the truths that are written there.
Just some thoughts running through my mind this morning…
l don’t believe I know a person who is not fascinated with flight. From jet planes to paper airplanes, flying things bring the kid out in most of us.
I love this picture of grandson Jedidiah because it reminds me of my thoughts on flying things.
This is one cool little boy by the way, he has a Will Rogers attitude about people, places, and things. In a conversation about people who are hard to like, he said that he didn’t know anybody that he didn’t like. Made me proud.
It’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything, the last was pictures from vacation in Florida. I need to get back to writing. I thought when I retired I would have all of this time to write as well as do some things I want/need to do but each day comes quickly to an end.
In fact I don’t spend much time on social media because it seems to be an avenue for too many folks to express the anger/hatred in their heart and it bothers me.
I enjoy retirement so far, it’s been nice to get up in the morning and spend some time looking out the windows…before long I can spend that time on the deck.
I’ve been reading through a different translation of the Bible (New Living Translation). I have enjoyed reading through books and passages that I haven’t read for a while. I just finished Daniel and especially liked the story of Daniel in the lion’s den as well as Sandarac, Meshach, and Abednego being thrown into the fiery furnace. A rekindled reminder of the need to trust more fully in God.
And when I think of God, Jesus comes into my mind giving God that personal touch. If we want to know what God is like…look to Jesus who is the exact representation of Gods mind.
Anyway, I’m hoping to get back to daily (or something close to that) writing. I’ll keep it short.
“If the warmth of the heart cannot penetrate our outside layer then we need to peel back some layers.”
In our world there is so much anger, especially when it comes to society in general and politics in particular. Voices come from all directions spewing knee jerk reactions that inflame, excite and draw responses that counter the point and further infuriate. On and on it goes…
Many people, it seems – myself included – fall prey to the anger of others and lose sight of the beauty around us. The result – my opinion here – is that the heart grows cold, or at least is calloused to the point that the warmth of our heart cannot make it to the top layer of our skin. And if the warmth of the heart cannot penetrate our ruffed up façade we fail at the second greatest commandment of loving other people… (Matthew 22:37-40)
Be careful not to become angered from the anger of others. As Jesus followers we are called to demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) I have to remind myself of that on occasion. From what I read on social media, a lot of other people are the same way
Just some thoughts this morning.
Peace and joy
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