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Out Of Sheer Love

Out Of Sheer Love

08 March 2010

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 15

Scripture:

7 God wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important—the fact is, there was almost nothing to you. 8 He did it out of sheer love, keeping the promise he made to your ancestors. God stepped in and mightily bought you back out of that world of slavery, freed you from the iron grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations. (Deuteronomy 7:7-9 MSG)

When God chose Abram and made a covenant with him, he was only one man, a childless old man. Then God confirmed the covenant with Abraham’s son Isaac, Isaac’s son Jacob, and with Jacob’s descendants. God brought them out of Egyptian slavery to bring them into a land he wanted to give them.

God covenanted with Abraham because God is a covenant-making God. God renewed the covenant with Abraham’s descendants because God is a faithful God. God brought them out of slavery because God is a rescuing, redeeming God. God chose them to be his special people because that’s the kind of thing God does.

When things are going well, it’s good to remember that it’s not because I did something great and noteworthy, but because God is good. When things are not sizzling and I’m not feeling good about myself, it’s good to remember that God didn’t choose me because he expected so much from me, but because he loves me.

God loves me not because I am good but because he is good.

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for your great love. Thank you for choosing me to belong to you and to serve you. I’ll do my best to please you. Thanks that when my best isn’t good enough, you’re still God and you’re still good and you still don’t give up on me. I love you because you first loved me. As I learn to live more and more in the security of your love, may I learn to love others as you love me. Amen.

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