Knowing the “No”

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. – (Titus 2:11-12)

 

The grace that God has given, is the gift of His Son. Jesus died so that we might live – His life ransomed for ours. After He rose and ascended into Heaven, He sent His Holy Spirit to be our Counselor and Comforter, so that we would have help in an uncertain world. That still small voice within us that whispers “No“, to the things that we know we ought not do, is His voice, teaching and protecting us so that we might live self-controlled, upright and godly lives. May we each choose to receive what He freely offers, so that we are able to live the lives He has for us.

 

Abundant grace,Knowing the No

poured out for mankind;

to open hearts,

give sight to the blind.

His Spirit shows,

the way we’re to go;

when it’s a “Yes”,

and where it’s a “No”.

No to the things,

ungodly and wrong;

and yes to those,

that make our walk strong.

All by His grace,

His love, it abounds;

receives the lost,

His power, profound.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us so much that You made way for us to brought back into a relationship with You. Thank You for the gift of Your Son, and for the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank You, Jesus, for laying Your life down for mine, so that I could truly live. Thank You for Your still small voice that teaches us to say “No” to that which we ought not do, and compels us to move forward in those things to which You are calling. Forgive us for ignoring the “No“, or for standing stuck when we were meant to move forward. Teach us to trust You more, so that we will move either forward toward that which You are calling, or flee from that which You are warning us away from. May our life of obedience be an example to those around us, and may many come to know who You are and how much You love them as a result. Let the lost be found in You. Be glorified, Lord God, as we receive Your grace and obey all that You ask of us. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

May God Almighty grant you mercy. – Genesis 43:14

 

 

 

 

 

Forgiveness is Free

image by Steve Rhodes

image by Steve Rhodes

The size of our debts,

far beyond our reach.

We could never pay,

the steep price for each.

Yet our loving Lord,

ransomed His own Son,

to cancel our debts;

the victory won.

Forgiveness is free,

but one thing He asks,

that we forgive too,

our critical task.

If we don’t forgive,

our blessings we block;

we must walk the walk,

not just talk the talk.

Often the offense,

seems larger than life,

yet when in the heart,

it will cause much strife.

Hand all to the Lord,

our every offense;

He will empower,

that which won’t make sense.

Do unto others,

as if done to you;

our Father sees all,

and honors what’s true.

(Responding to Matthew 18:21-35)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not limit the number of times that You are willing to forgive us for our transgressions.  Forgive us for placing limits on how many times we feel that we ought to forgive others, or when we stand in judgment and deem an offense “unforgiveable”.  Help us to see through Your eyes, and have Your heart for others.  Grant us wisdom to know when and where we are to stay, and when and where You would have us walk away.  May our extension of Your grace and forgiveness to others, lead those who are looking, straight to You, Lord.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present