Wednesday, July 22, 2015

His Grace Alone

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”- Matthew 22:37

This commandment calls us higher!  God Almighty set this commandment before His chosen people to set them apart for Himself.  He was sanctifying them as a people all His own, calling them to a higher standard.  

But this commandment is simply unattainable without the grace of God.  Yes, we are called to give Him everything. 

We are called to set ourselves apart wholly to God alone.  It should be our desire to desperately want to give Him ALL of our hearts, to honor Him, to cry out for His will, and to please Him with everything we have. 

However, we fall short because man is fallible and we are told in the Word that we will “all fall short of the glory of God.”  BUT GOD, rich in mercy and abundant in grace restores us so gently, so lovingly and so tenderly.  

We are not to condemn ourselves for being unable to give God our whole hearts and undivided attention without fault.  We are to grieve in our hearts for grieving His, but we are not called to remain there.  

He knew apart from Him and His grace we are not capable to carry out this commandment.  As earnestly as we want to obey Him and desperately we want to please Him, “He remembers that we are but dust”. 

Let His commandment create an utter dependence on Him and let His unmerited favor lift you higher...

by Dawn Mckenzie

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