Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 24, 2019

Counteract Evil with Good

Filed under: commands,cross,forgive,God,grace,Jesus,mercy,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Romans 12:21 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  (NIV)

This verse is hard for most of us. It follows these verses in Romans 12:19-20 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”  It is part of the command to forgive others in the same way God forgives us.  We like to think there are some things we don’t have to or shouldn’t have to forgive.  Many of us have had some terrible things done to us.  How can we possibly be expected to forgive the person who killed a love one or raped us or someone we love or spread terrible untruths about us or many other things.  God forgives everything we’ve done or said or thought regardless of what it was as long as we ask through His Son, Jesus, for the forgiveness.  Jesus took every kind of sin to the cross.  Our forgiving and is not so much for the one we are forgiving but for us to keep us turning bitter.  To overcome the evil we start with praying for the one who was evil toward us.  We pray God will work His mercy and grace within that person.  When I did that, I asked God to let me see that person with His eyes.  As He revealed that person to me I began to hurt for that person and my attitude in prayer became less of following a command and more of wanting God’s love to be received by that person for it hurts God for those He loves (that means everyone) to not receive His love.  Forgiving doesn’t mean condoning what the person did or said.  It is right to hate evil.  It is the perpetrator of the evil who needs forgiving along with God’s healing grace and mercy.

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May 1, 2019

Laughter

Filed under: cross,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Psalms 37:13 13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming. (NIV)

I only have one picture of the semblance of Jesus.  It is a picture of Him with His head tossed back and laughing.  He knew what He would be facing at the end of His walk on this earth, yet, He was able to laugh.  He could laugh because He knew His suffering would be short compared to the eternity He has and is giving to us.  When we are walking through dark times, it seems they will never end.  We fail to look at our dark times in the light of eternity.  These times are so very short in perspective to the joy that is ours in the very real presence of God.  There are several verses about laughter in the Bible.  One I like particularly is Proverbs 14:13  Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief. This verse reminds us that times of laughter and times of grief are changeable.  Jesus could laugh even at the cross because He knew He was victorious over death and rejoicing will be available for all who choose to believe in Him.  Let us always take time to laugh, even when things seem hard and desperate.  We know Who is with us through and in all things.

March 15, 2019

As Much Love

Filed under: cross,faith,Father,God,Jesus,love,sin,suffering,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

John 15:9 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (NIV)
The Father loves His Son, Jesus.  Yet, in that love He allowed His Son to suffer the cruelty of being whipped to the bone, being nailed to a cross and physically dying in horrific pain while being jeered by a crowd.  To us, that doesn’t look like love.  Yet, the Father knew the rewards for eternity His Son would have for what, in the eyes of eternity, is only an instant of pain.  When we go through trials and tribulation, quite often we think God has deserted us.  Surely He couldn’t love us if He allows such pain and suffering.  We only see the instance of the now in this sinful world and our sinful bodies.  We fail to realize the prize that is ours for eternity.  Let us learn to be strong in faith.  God does love us.  He loves us so much He endured watching the suffering of His only Son, Jesus, so we could be free from the debt of our sins and be united in His love for all eternity.  We seldom understand why we must walk where we walk on this earth.  That is why faith and trust is needed.  Our vision is short sighted but God knows all that was, is and will ever be.  Let us rest in faith of His love and mercy through each and every situation we face knowing His love for us is complete and perfect.

February 23, 2019

Look to the Cross

Filed under: confess,Creation,cross,forgive,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:25 pm

1 Peter 2:24 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (NIV)

When mankind chose sin over God, God had to look away and withdraw from mankind.  He had to do the same when His Son, Jesus, was on the cross taking on the sins of all humanity.  Until Jesus took on our sins oneness with God was impossible.  We now have a choice.  We can choose to continue in sin or we can choose to resist sin, keep our eyes on the cross and what it cost the Father and the Son, and embrace the Holy Spirit within us as we grow into the reality of abiding IN and the oneness of our being with our Creator.  The Son of Man, Jesus, had to experience the death that mankind experienced upon the first sin of disobedience by choice to overcome that choice by choosing obedience unto death.  Now, oneness with God is made possible.  Yes, we will sin but hopefully, not by conscious choice.  Keeping our minds on the cross and the price God paid for our reunion with Him will help us make the right choices.  When we stumble, we confess, repent (change directions) and are forgiven.  Then we make our minds up to grow in knowledge from our stumbling and move on into our oneness with God.  He died so we can choose to die to the desire to sin and live in His resurrection to eternal life.

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