FIRST TO THE LORD! (Part# 3) 11-17-2013

posted Nov 18, 2013, 8:00 AM by Dale Barnes

                                  

“...they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.” (2Co.8:5 NIV)


“See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Heb.12:15 NIV)  Evidently, we can miss or not take advantage of God’s grace that is available to us. Bitterness and/or unforgiveness can result and cause all kinds of trouble.  It is catching as well; others can be infected.  Good relationships can be strained or broken.  So many can be hurt.


The good news is that God has help (grace) for us. As the apostle says; “His grace is sufficient.” (2 Co.12:9)  First, we should turn to the Lord.  Humble ourselves and ask for his help.  He has promised grace (help) to the humble. (Ja.4:6)  God works in many different ways, but the assurance is that he will be faithful and help.  This will save us from a lot of heartache.


It is so easy, with so many, to default and give into insults, disappointments, and therefore to self-pity and hurt feelings that lead to bitterness and unforgiveness.  Through God’s son, Jesus Christ, we can receive the Lord’s help.  He will encourage, comfort and counsel you and me. “Never pay back evil for more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all to live in peace with everyone. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” (Ro.12:19,21 NLT)  Let’s turn to Christ first. Let’s choose his way. He will be our help inwardly and outwardly.  Then we will be a blessing to others and not a source of hurt that will affect many!


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