“So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech.”
2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 MSG
Isn't it hard to believe that God himself and Jesus had a plan to surprise you so long ago??!!!!
The reality is, many times, it is hard. Hard to believe anyone could feel that way about you if you want to be honest with yourself. Now many of us are blessed to have some great relationships and have enjoyed the love of those close to us. However, there is something different about this.
Can you imagine that in the midst of our sin, our shame, our hidden secrets, the way we have hurt and crucified Christ (yes, you and I) that he still reached out in love and even gave us some incredible benefits like:
1. UNENDING HELP
3. A FRESH HEART
5. ENLIVENED SPEECH
Wow!! That is completely amazing and those are some incredible benefits! I could write forever about all of those. I want to encourage you to dig into this scripture this week, experiencing the surprise of his intense love for you and those benefits that would truly change the way you're looking at in living life.
I will be doing the same digging and want to remind you to never forget, in all things you face in your life.....