By Mark Shields
This day, let us explore Hebrews 12:14-24 remembering that there is one common thread that binds us; the power of Christ in what we believe and how we live. Our relationship to the Lord affects our relationship with others because all believers are brothers and sisters who are the beneficiaries of God’s treasure. This should motivate us to live in peace and care for one another.
In the Old Testament times God was approached with fear and only after following the specific laws of sacrifice but because of Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit is with us in our heart helping daily to live out our purpose. Let us respond to this assistance by fulfilling God’ purpose for us.
God accepts, appreciates, and affirms all who accept His Son as Savior. We should do the same because we are all made for a purpose and we need to celebrate our diversity; accepting the rich, the poor, the introvert, the extrovert, the proud, the humble, the liberal, and the conservative.
God meets where we are and gives grace to all so accept this grace and live in peace. We can learn from each other or from sermons about patience and God’s grace. Grace is God’s gift. This kind gift from God is always available. Be patient with others and with God’s timing because grace is like a flowing stream of water that keeps coming and coming.
This day with You Lord, we accept this grace offered. You meet us where we are and give grace to all. The rich, the poor, the introvert, the extrovert, the proud, the humble, the liberal, and the conservative. Our relationship to You Lord affects our attitude towards others because we are all brothers and sisters who are beneficiaries of Your vast resources. Today, we live in peace and care for one another. Amen.