by Pastor Chris Mann
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‘The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love’ (Psalm 103:8).
If you have read the devotions all week this week, then well done and congratulations. It’s been a heavy week, with strong words from Jesus and strong words of living. I hope you have received grace among the instructions for living, and have seen clear direction for how to follow Jesus.
I’m forever glad that God is so gracious and generous that he gave us Jesus. I’m also glad that he gives instructions as to how to live.
As a father, I can only imagine what things would be like for my kids if I never gave them any instructions and just left them to figure out everything on their own – how to get dressed, eat, talk, read, write, interact with others and more. It might be funny for a while watching a toddler try and get their head through an armhole, but in the end, everyone loses.
So is our God with us, teaching us how to live, but giving us grace, mercy, and compassion as we get things wrong, and learn to go again.
May you live a life following Jesus, receiving his grace, and passing it on, just as he has taught us.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your grace, your compassion, and your love. Help me to live this way in the world. Amen.