Thursday, May 14, 2015

innocence radiates like the dawn

Turn another direction and you will find people who live by a strict code of conduct that seems to come to the conclusion that you have to keep the law to be good, to be accepted by God or even to inherit salvation.  Even if we use the law of God, no one can keep those standards.

Neither of is right.  It is the people who find peace in God and who passionately follow God that come to the place and to the life that leads to even more peace.  It is these people who find their strength refreshed, their minds alert and their hearts warmed so that their actions are turned to help others experience the same peace that they have found.  We all need that peace.

It is time to live with meaning.  It is time to make a difference.  It is time to make choices about how we are going to live because we have come to know our gracious God who loves us very much.  We love God because He first loved us.  That love for us leaves me wanting to live differently and wanting to give His best to others.

Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away.  Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good.  Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord.  Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. 7  Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.  Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.

This is not a set of laws to try to keep.  This is a way of life.  These things will release us to live in freedom and with great peace.  Look through these verses.  What is is that a person of peace will live with or without?

This person will have less worry.

This person does good because they trust God for the outcome.

This person relies on God because God holds their safety and gives loads of confidence.

This person finds that life lived for God adds meaning.  It really is a life of changed desires, like a revolution has taken place within that leads to living different for others to see.

This person realizes that God provides everything especially when help is needed.

This person spends time in God’s presence because that is where they (and us) find peace.  God is the source of peace that makes us people of peace that opens doors for others to have peace.

I close with an excellent statement that I have been thinking about a lot this week … this person’s innocence radiates like a new day beginning.  Just like when the sun is glistening, the air is refreshing and all seems well with life.  That is the kind of life that we all need and that I want.

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