“To answer before listening- that is folly and shame” (Proverbs 18:13).
The world as of late has had crash course in listening, and discerning which voices speak wisdom and truth. Grace saved by faith listens whole-heartedly. Listening doesn’t stop at the ear, it transcends the heart of who we are. True listening, with the intent to genuinely understand, changes our perspective and matures our minds and hearts. Listening is a breeding ground for compassion and kindness, empathy and understanding. The Message paraphrase of Proverbs 18:13 reads, “answering before listening is both stupid and rude.”
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your souls and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).
Love lives saved by grace. Love gives us the freedom, through faith, to embrace our God-given purpose, to enjoy the blessings of this life and to endure the extreme hardships we face. Love empowers us, is in us, and flows through us as we seek Love, daily.
God is love. He is Grace. Embracing His love for us allows us to genuinely love others, spotlight His grace and glorifying His name. In all we do, amidst the communities we’ve been placed, love points to the gospel …the greatest expression of love for all time.
Each day we wake to breathe, our purpose is to bring glory to God. Beginning each day pouring over His Word in prayer prepares our hearts for what God only knows is in store. Each day we come to Him for the day’s portion of grace, and He faithfully gives us all we need. Like the manna He provided for the Israelites in the desert, we can rely on God to daily provide what we need. Grace, provision, patience, joy, peace, freedom, forgiveness, mercy, justice, defense, love, compassion, empathy, beauty … saved by grace … in faith.
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