Saturday, December 3, 2016
Many years ago when we were building the extension of our home, during the foundation process we did something to remember all who had toiled with us in preparation to our new living room.
Many had come to assist my husband in pouring cement to what would be the place where we would gather for many years. Friends and family would come and gather, fireplace lit and laughter filling the room. A place where God’s grace would echo.
The foundation that held this room together was purposely inscribe with the laborers of the day. If you are reading this, you know who you are. Bless you!
My mom and my father-in-law were there that day. Today they are in glory with the Lord. I love the fact that their names are still written in the concrete foundation; beneath the living room floor where I gather daily.
Those who gave of their time have made our living room what it is today.
It was a simple gesture but a warming sentiment in my heart.
Today that memory came to my mind when I read Jeremiah 17.
The Lord was speaking through Jeremiah about those who sinned and turned away from the Lord.
“Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the Lord, the spring of living water.” (v. 13)
We always have an option to turn to the Lord. Let’s not wait until the Lord has to get our attention because we refuse to obey.
In the Book of John, we see a women caught in adultery. Her accusers bring her to Jesus.
They expected Jesus to condemn her. What they encountered was grace for the sinner.
The Bible says that Jesus stooped down and began to write in the dirt. The Scriptures doesn’t elaborate on what was written.
After reading Jeremiah today, I wonder if the accuser’s names were being written down, one by one.
Names in the dirt that will be blown away with the winds of the day. Never to be remembered.
Jesus came was to minister grace and mercy; the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God.
(1 Peter 3:18).
When the self-righteous accuse –they find God himself speaking directly to them.
Are we listening?
No one is good, except God. (Romans 3:10)
The Lord is always giving us opportunities to experience and also to exercise his mercy and grace; to be imitators of Christ.
Let's do as he does.
As we receive his mercy and grace, our lives become alive in Christ. It causes us to be victorious over death!
“The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.” (Revelation 3:5)
”Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:10-11)
Mercy and grace extended to us that we in turn would do the same.
God bless you!~Liz
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