The gift of gifts

Hand nailed to the cross with blood and dirt

Sometimes I am reminded of the one Gift that makes hope possible. The gift that takes a life destroyed by sin and redeems it. Such a life can be made new, lifted out of the mire and set upon a firm foundation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17,  Psalm 40:2,  2 Timothy 2:19). In this is hope; not in instant answers, magical changes or miraculously altered circumstances, but in Your life in me within the reality that I now find myself. This is hard — to hope in Christ within an imperfect, sin-distorted life. It seems so much easier to seek an instant fix’, to look for avenues of escape. Being renewed in very small increments hurts, especially when it demands of me to work out my salvation. With trembling and groaning I step into each day, facing many failings, growing pains and hardness of heart.

I am writing to you, little children,

because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

I am writing to you, fathers,

because you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men,

because you have overcome the evil one.

I write to you, children,

because you know the Father.

I write to you, fathers,

because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men,

because you are strong,

and the word of God abides in you,

and you have overcome the evil one.

(1 John 2:12-14 ESV)

Gifts I have noticed this week (# 65):
  • Redemption purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.

  • (There have been others, but I want to emphasize this, the Gift of gifts)

  • My entire list

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