No Conditions Attached – Beloved Women – July 27, 2020
READ: “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds," then he adds, "I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more."(Hebrews 10:16-17 ESV)
TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT: An eye for an eye. It feels like it’s been built into the fabric of our being. When things aren’t equal and balanced, an internal sensor alerts us that we are giving too much and receiving little in return. The trouble with condition-based living is that we serve a no-conditions God.
Our pride or our past might have us stuck believing we have to earn grace and good standing with God. We might feel like we have to justify His mercy with merits and good works.
Here is an unconditional Truth we must reconcile within our hearts: God sacrificed his son, Jesus, on the cross to pardon our sins. He didn’t wait for us to jump through hoops or hold us accountable to conditions, before He wiped our slate of transgressions clean.
Our gracious God gave His son, and then He gave some more. When we accept this kind of lavish love from a giving God, we don’t have to strain to be perfect or cringe at perceived conditions. When we accept what Jesus has done for us, we are free to allow others to be who they were created to be. No conditions attached.
PRAY: Father, I admit sometimes I try to earn my salvation and favorable circumstances with my giving and good works. I confess that I even treat others with this same condition-based logic. Realign my mind and heart with Your truth, God. Help me accept that You gave once and for all without conditions so I can be fully who You’ve called me to be. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
REFLECT: Often our relationships on earth are a direct reflection of our relationship with God. Do you struggle with a conditions-based mindset with others? Are there any activities or groups you’re a part of because you feel it’s earning you more salvation points with God?
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