I love stories. Honestly, I am one of those guys that might like the touchy-feely movies more than my wife does. But when I hear a story of God’s grace and forgiveness there is joy that wells up in my heart and often ends up with tears rolling down my cheeks.
The story of Abram beginning in Genesis 7 shares how God promised this man land, fame and extreme blessings. If you note the place where God sent him and his family, it is evident that the land is still being fought over today.
What is it that we are still fighting over that God has already dealt with? What might you be holding on to that is keeping you from accepting all God wants you to have? Think about it. Take steps toward forgiveness and healing. Choose life and speaking encouragement to the people around you.
Hebrews 12:15 NASB
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;
We can help people not come short of God’s grace. By our actions, by our courage and encouragement, by living for Christ we will increase chances of grace.
These stories I spoke of earlier are such opportunities for grace and for life. Yet there are things that keep us from life. There are people who keep us from living. There are situations that restrict our ability to move forward.
If we don't let go of things and the life we don't need, we can't have things and the life that God wants us to have.
That statement has been on my heart and ringing in mind for a couple days. It will continue. I am grateful that our struggles often lead to grace been shown and lives being strengthened by God.
Psalm 34:18 NASB
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.