Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 16, 2012

Jesus in Traffic

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up.

Have you notice every time you re-read a verse its meaning takes on a larger scope?  As I was driving in very unfamiliar and heavy traffic this verse came to me.  I observed people tail-gating closer than safe for fear another car might cut in front of them and delay them by a couple of seconds.  I even found my own attitude causing me irritation when someone cut in front of me then continued very slowly.  Then this verse came to me.  My attitude was not one of patience or kindness.  If I am going to follow Jesus I must follow Him in all areas of my life. This includes the way I drive.  I found myself giving more space between my car and the one in front of me and slowing down to let people change lanes or enter the lane.  As I did that the feeling of God’s peace and love washed over me.  I even got to my destination in the normal amount of time.  Our question is does our driving reflect the patience and love and kindness of Jesus?  Be honest now.

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January 26, 2012

Mercy

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:39 am
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Matthew 12:7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Mercy is being given what we don’t earn or deserve. It is only through God’s mercy that we have forgiveness of our sins through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. It is only through God’s mercy we receive blessings from Him. Jesus says we are to show mercy to others. We are to do this whether they deserve it, earn it or ask for it. Our human nature is retribution. Our human nature is people should get what is coming to them, what they deserve. Our question is, will we obey our old nature or will we obey the command of Jesus? Next time someone offends us, hurts us or even inconveniences us we have a choice – show the mercy or pay them back what we think they deserve. We have this choice multiple times in a day. It even includes how we drive in traffic, how we treat a server in a restaurant having trouble giving us the kind of service we think we should have and on and on in various situations of each of our days. Let’s ask God to make us more sensitive to how we respond to others and let’s learn to respond with mercy.

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