Did you know that God has a habit…?

June  14, 2011

“If you, God, kept records of wrongdoings, who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit, and that’s why you are worshipped.” Psalm 130:3-4 The Message

God can’t help himself when it comes to forgiveness. The kind of forgiveness He gives (so freely) brings healing .. brings back friendships .. and breathes worship back into dry and drifting lives. God knows just how much unforgiveness dries up your life inside and out. It drains the energy to live … and no less the energy to love. Can you imagine living your life everyday thinking that there was one record of wrongdoing that God was holding against you? His forgiveness is so thorough and complete that your heart responds with worship instead of worry. Forgiveness is very personal. Jesus forgave you and frees you to forgive as quickly and completely as He did in you. His forgiveness is infectious and relentless. His Spirit won’t rest in you until you know and rest in His abiding forgiving love. God’s forgiveness marks you and you can’t stay the same. The kind of love you wear is the same love that Jesus loved you when you were miserable without Him. It’s the same kind of love you wear everyday as you walk with Him .. follow Him .. and serve Him with all that you are. Life in Christ is habit-forming. You begin to form the same kinds of habits as Jesus. He loved the unloveable. He loved the rejected. He loved the self-despised. He loved the self-haters. He loved the unreachable. He loved the lonely. He loved the aching heart. He loved you and loves you at this very moment. It’s His favorite habit! It’s the habit He longs for you to live out everyday. It’s the habit He wants you to pass on. It’s the habit that only takes a moment …

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” Colossians 3:12-14 The Message

Ken Chester:  Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Forgiven-Formed Followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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