Saturday, November 8

Overflowing Kindness

While driving up the Southern California Coast, I came upon this scene.
We pulled over and climbed down. I climbed up on a comfy rock, dug out my Bible, the Oct/Nov issue of Discipleship Journal and my notebook. The DJ Study Guide for Oct/Nov is “How to Study an Aspect of God’s Character,” & I had been dragging it along on my trip, studying a different aspect each day.
I thought the scene before me, pictured above, was perfect for that day’s aspect: Mighty God. Nothing says “Mighty God” better than harsh water beating against steadfast rocks!
Eagerly, I began reading II Peter 1:3,4 and Ephesians 1:15-23

“…and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe,
according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He
raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly
places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every
name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And
He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the

I wanted to start grunting with power like Tim the Toolman Taylor.
But then… I scrolled up read some previous verses, Eph. 1:3-10, where my attention was diverted to God’s forgiveness and blessings. The scene before me suddenly represented God’s overflowing forgiveness and overflowing love. How mighty is His forgiveness and love! Let me count the ways:

  • He made a way for us to be blameless and holy before Him, through Christ.

  • He freely gives us His grace, through Christ.

  • He freely gives us His forgiveness, through Christ.

  • He freely gives us wisdom and understanding, through Christ.

Read Ephesians 1:1-23. Verses 15-18, especially, are my prayer for you today.

May you abound in grace and forgiveness and be wrapped in His love today.

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