From The Heart

… you can not make one hair white or black. Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”…  Matthew 5:27-37  A reality in life is that a swear and a promise are merely words that we say to assure someone else of our commitments. The words mean nothing if they don’t first come from the heart of the one who commits. When we find our heart falling away from our commitments, we have only to remember our redemption through Christ’s life, death and resurrection, in order that we may come back to the heart of the matter of what God has placed within us to do, according to His promise. God does not ask us to perform miracles, only to trust the true Love placed within our heart which enables the work we are called to fulfill.

Prayer: Gracious God your word is active and living, we know that you are a God who keeps promises, and that you sent your son Jesus Christ to help us live according your promise, help us to keep the promises we make in our heart before you and guide us in order that we may keep them among one another.

Gut Check

…out of regard for his oaths, he commanded it to be given… Matthew 14:1-12  Does losing favor mean losing your life? It depends on whose favor you are attempting to retain. The worst gut check is the one that challenges our loyalties. Every emotion possible including fear, embarrassment, grief and shame will rise up from places within us that leave us bruised, smoldering, and believing there is no way out. Don’t believe it! At times there are things we set in motion that on occasion cause us to fall short on promises either made to our selves or to one another. Although we are tempted to second guess who we are, we must remember, we are not called to live up to the world’s hype. All saints and sinners fall. Yet, as in Christ, saints always get back up and rise towards Jerusalem. We are disciplined, yet never out of favor by the one who always keeps his promises. A bruised reed he will not break; and a dimly burning wick he will not quench (Isaiah 42:3).