With all the talk of race relations lately and after some interactions with my sister last night, my mind has been on the relationship between men and women in general and how there is such a need for redemption there. I was doing a bit of self-reflection and acknowledged that while every person struggles with pride, it seems to me that men have a certain type of innate pride that wants to come out in relation to women where they believe that they have to be more capable than a woman, whether that's
v. 27 - "And he said to them, 'The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.'"
Any wisdom or biblical command that I receive is ultimately from the Lord and for my joy. When I learn that sugar is bad for my body, that wisdom is a demonstration of grace from God to me so that I might have joy and have it to the full. Why, then, do I war against the wisdom of God?
Father, help me to embrace Your wisdom and derive joy from it, that
What I see when I read this is that when people come to Jesus for help and healing, things are okay again. That doesn't mean they never experience pain and hardship again, but in that moment and in eternity, things are okay. I feel as though for a long time I have not come to Jesus at all, and the fruits of my functional autonomy are apparent. They stick out like rotting sores to me.
Jesus, take this fruit and renew it by the nourishment and sweetness of your grace.
"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full." - John 15:11
This has been a theme for me over the past several months. Each and every one of us are fearfully and wonderfully made by God, and God is a good Father to us. He created the universe according to a certain design, and when we walk in His design for us that is laid out in Scripture, we experience joy.
I've never been one to be that great about keeping up