FOR FRIDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 54:9-10
“The mountains may move, and the hills may shake, but my kindness will never depart from you. My promise of peace will never change,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10; GOD’S WORD Translation)
There have been some times when an old friend or colleague I meet says that he (or she) has heard some good things from the particular church I happen to be serving – the people there really seem to like me. That’s when I’ve been known to jokingly reply, “Well, they just don’t know me yet”. There is usually a bit of truth in most efforts of humor. We often fear that once others find out all there is to know about us that they will change their mind about liking or loving us. Because of this, we are hesitant to be fully open and honest with others.
Yet God, through the prophet Isaiah and others, promises a love which is unconditional: “my kindness will never depart from you”. The apostle Paul asks if anything or experience in the whole world could separate us from God’s love. His answer is a resounding “NO!” (Romans 8:37-39). Our relationships with others would improve remarkably if we would seek to have this same kind of love for others that God has for us. A blogger named Steven describes for us the kind of choices we’d make if we would have this type of love in our hearts:
“This is the type of love where the person is more important than the deeds. Forgiveness is more important than revenge or regret. Where appreciation is more important than social implications. Where encouragement is more important than safety. Where kind words are more important than the time spent. Where grace is more important than justice. Where their life is more important than your reputation. Where they are more important than you.” [mydevotionandthoughts.blogspot.com]
PRAYER: Because of Your promise of unconditional love, Compassionate God, we experience the freedom of beings open and honest with You. Help to offer that same opportunity to others. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2015 by Steven W. Manskar]