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More Flies with Honey than with Vinegar

Yesterday was a physically intense day, Father, and my body is paying for it. But regardless of how I feel physically may I be spiritually ready to receive what You have for me this morning. Amen.

Jude 1:22-23 (<<click green)

Mercy. It should be a common trait amongst believers for You, Lord, have surely extended it to each one of us. But quite often we withhold it. We land on the side of judgment instead. Too often we readily condemn and it is easy to leave compassion and kindness out of the equation altogether.

Lord, in Matthew 26:16-20 You gave us the Great Commission. We were told,

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words] vs.19 Amplified Bible

Lord, if we are to tell people about You and what we must do as followers of You, how are we going to accomplish that task by being judgmental?

An old adage comes to mind that is very appropriate, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Though it is not from the Bible it is sure not anti-biblical. You have given us the wonderful gifts of salvation from our sins and eternal life to boot. Not a one of us is perfect. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23 But our very nature makes us want to push ourselves forward by shoving others behind and beneath us.

Yes, our world is full of sinners (I am one of many!) Many are in direct opposition to You and Your standards, Lord. Many thumb their noses at You and do as they please. But how can I possibly impact the world for You by setting out bowls of vinegar? Who would be drawn to You by that? …no one.

Lord, May I, and all Your children who desire to align themselves with You, be eager to spread the honey all around. May we be merciful. Amen.

June 2nd, Fri, 5:09 am

Chisel Tip RED Sharpie Permanent Marker!

Father, this day has already had far too many distractions – nothing evil but “things” of non-importance. Help me to redeem the rest of my day. Help me to invest my time wisely – at home, while helping family, at work – wherever I may be, may You guide my thoughts and actions.

Hebrews 9:16-28 (<<click here)

As I’ve said before, Lord, the book of Hebrews is a challenge to get through – there’s just a lot to wrap my mind around. In thinking through this morning’s passage the author once again speaks of what You did in giving of Yourself so we can be forgiven…and he places Your actions in contrast to the old covenants sacrificial system of the Law.

So as I processed these things in my mind popped the image of a bold sharpie marker. I see the law written out, in great detail, with an extra fine point Sharpie permanent marker – it is written black on a stark white background. The contrast is great – there are no grey areas – everything is black and white.

Breaking this Law is sin and as Romans 3:23 tells us “everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Black and white – no grey. The Law’s remedy for sin is sacrifice specific animals, specific time frames, and specific directions, specific upon specific – black and white – no grey.

Then You came on the scene Jesus – not to throw out the Law but to fulfill it in its entirety. And over all that extra fine point detail in black Sharpie permanent marker You are a chisel tip RED Sharpie permanent marker! In all inclusive broad strokes of redemption you have come boldly to be the final Word. You alone are Lord and Savior. Everything falls before You! Everything is complete in You! Praise Your holy name for ever and ever! Amen!!

Apr 6th, Wed, 7:01 am