A Place In The Heart!

Why do we insist on playing God?  Daily I have conversations with people that rank sin. They judge other peoples lives based on the sin they perceive.  Those who judge, based on one lifestyle or another, feed their egos by thinking that my interpretation of scripture is right, and yours is wrong.  Why do so many of us, presume to know the heart of God, simply because we can quote scripture, one after another?  When you understand the heart of our Savior, you see a man who embraced all people.  A man who took the laws of the time and threw them out the window.  A man who took every human, from every walk of life, and every lifestyle, and made them his own.  Jews… Gentiles… Samaritans… Prostitutes… Evil infested… Lepers… and everyone in between.  He loved them!  Accepted them!  Sat them in a place of honor and formed relationships with them. He cultivated friendships and sat down to eat with them.   It is not about keeping laws.  It is about love… it is about relationships.  Mostly It’s about forgiveness… and it is a place in the heart. 

2 Corinthians 1:24  (msg)

Matthew 7:1-5

I Love You!

Perry    

Our God Is Good!

Her life seemed to be one tragedy after another.  As I listened to her story of abuse… of harm… of the attempt by her ex-husband to kill her… I thought of the goodness of our God.  I use to wonder how our God could allow so much suffering… so much pain.  If he is a loving God? If we are his children?  Then why does he not protect us?  Our God is so good, that he stands with us in the fire, of this broken world.  He walks with us through the pain… through the tragedy.  The cross!  The most disgusting torture device ever created, by the evil side of our nature, he used for glory.  He didn’t save his son… himself… from that tragic device. He embraced it and used it for good. He took his own son and proved that no tragedy, not even the evil of the cross, can keep us from him.   Every season in your life.  Every tragedy you have gone through.  Every illness or loss you have encountered, had a purpose. To be used for good and to bring glory to him.  God is good, all the time, whether you embrace him or not.  She made it through the fire, her ex-husband set to kill her.  The only part of the house that didn’t burn, was the closet she was in!  Our God is Good!!

Matthew 19:17

I Love You!

Perry

It’s Not In A Book!

I could read daily, a book about Lorna, my wife.  Daily I could study, read, highlight, and outline word, after word, about my beautiful wife and still not truly understand her heart.  It is not until we have a daily intimate relationship that I came to know her… her heart… and her spirit.  So is our relationship with our Savior.  Daily I study scripture.  Daily I read book, after book, about him and his journey.  I have done that most of my life.  It was not until I felt one with him, that I truly understood his heart… his spirit.  As time passes, I spend day after day praying, contemplating, and walking by his side.  Looking to him for every answer and every direction.  After so many years of that journey, I am starting to understand and feel his heart and the way of his being.  I can feel his spirit in my life, in my heart.  From the deepest part of my soul, I feel his guidance… his love… his grace.  I rest daily knowing what he wants for me and I feel the security that comes from knowing him intimately.  So sometimes put down the scripture.  Put down the book.  Simply walk… and talk… with our Savior.  You will be amazed at everything he will reveal to you.  There is no better feeling!!

1 John 4:13

I Love You!

Perry

Washing Feet!

They simply did not understand.  It’s significance gets lost in OUR, everyday lives. Jesus washed their feet.  He took off his robe… adorned an apron… got on his hands and knees, then washed their calloused… dirty… stinky… feet!  Three years he had taught them.  Three years they had watched him heal… even bring people back from death.  Now the last thing they saw him do before he was crucified was wash their feet.  Why?  To show them, and to show us, what heaven is about. To show them and to show us what pure love means.  Pure unfiltered… unglamorous… sacred love is simply about humble service.  God and his Son do not have to serve us.  God, his Son, and the Holy Spirit exists without anything from us.  Yet the Trinity out of a deep love for mankind, serves us each and everyday, whether we know it or not. Each day Jesus gets on his knees and washes our feet.  He washes away the dirt, the filth, and the mistakes. We should do the same for those around us. When you practice humility by allowing others to be first.  By allowing others to feel important.  By letting them know you see them.   When you show love, regardless of who it is, you are washing feet. Then maybe… just maybe… those we serve, will catch a glimpse of heaven. 

Galatians 5:13 – 15

I Love You!

Perry