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I Am a Beggar

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We are sinners in need of grace, strugglers in need of strength.  Jesus teaches us to pray, “Forgive our debts . . . and lead us not into temptation.”

We’ve all made mistakes and we’ll all make some more.  The line that separates the best of us from the worst of us is a narrow one, hence we’d be wise to take seriously Paul’s admonition:  Why do you judge your brothers or sisters in Christ?  And why do you think you are better than they?  We will all stand before the Lord to be judged . . . (Rom. 14:10).

Your sister would like me to remind you that she needs grace.  Just like you need forgiveness, so does she.  There comes a time in every relationship when it’s damaging to seek justice, when settling the score only stirs the fire.  There comes a time when the best thing you can do is accept your brother and offer him the same grace you’ve been given.  ~Max Lucado, The Great House of God

Give us the food we need for each day.
Forgive us for our sins, just as we have forgiven those who sinned against us.

~Matthew 6:11-12

 

The food I need today?

Grace.

God Make Us Right Again

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We are thirsty.

Not thirsty for fame, possessions, passion, or romance.  We’ve drunk from those pools.  They are salt water in the desert.  They don’t quench — they kill.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. . . .”

Righteousness.  That’s it.  That’s what we are thirsty for.  We’re thirsty for a clean conscience.  We crave a clean slate.  We yearn for a fresh start.  We pray for a hand that will enter the dark carvern of our world and do for us the one thing we can’t do for ourselves — make us right again.

Create in me a pure heart, God, and make my spirit right again.
~Psalm 51:10

The Applause of Heaven, Max Lucado