Fresh Every Morning

 

No matter what the situation—from rising in the morning till I hit the rack—one thing is not happening:  God is not keeping a laundry list on me.  I don’t walk about town worrying about a suit showing up, delivering the goods. I don’t fret because of last night’s infractions, or next week’s foibles.  This is all because of Jesus: He gives me a clean slate.  He knows all about me (everything), and yet has compassion:

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, God never stops doing loving acts of kindness,
For His compassions never fail. because he never stops having compassions.
They are new every morning; Every morning, we see new compassions from God.
Great is Your faithfulness. God, You are true blue and never lacking in dedication.

I am blessed with lots of loved ones.  Most of them—praise God—also have compassion, new every morning.  …I love this!  I’ll take all the grace I can get!  It’s REFRESHING!  They don’t keep lists; they don’t peg me in a snapshot of where I was five years ago.  They don’t catalog.  They don’t categorize.  God forgives, and so do my loved ones.  We enjoy one another.  It isn’t even on our radar what was or wasn’t said or done last week, last month, or last year.  Each greeting is a deep breath and starting over.

Now, lest you think I don’t live on earth, I didn’t say everyone is like this.  Indeed, there are some who keep lists: computer files, manila files, dirty piles.  This, my friends, is filthy; it is terrorism; it is un-Christian.

We’re on the heels of history—indeed, we are in the last days.  There’s a revolution coming, and it needs to start right now—in our hearts.  As we look forward to the Lord’s Second Coming, we certainly do not want to be found filthy; terrorists; un-Christian.

I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Tonight we watched “Lincoln.” I loved this quote:  “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”

So I have a really good idea:  How about we treat all our relationships like the doughnut shop:  Mmm:  Fresh Every Morning.

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