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God’s mercy is fresh every morning, so drink it in (12)

As I walk toward the sunrise each morning, I to have to make a conscious decision to remind myself that I am a recipient of God’s unfailing love and goodness.

Human beings are pathologically leaky vessels, depleted of all the goodness of life by evening if we’re not careful.

Each day we are all presented with all sorts of challenges and it doesn’t take long before we feel a little off colour or down.

Unfortunately our feelings have a habit of dictating our lives in all sorts of turmoil rather than the love and the goodness of God leading us into greater pastures.

We discover in that great prayer that has become known as The Lords Prayer, we have a great part to play in receiving God’s blessing.

You’d think human beings know how to receive unmerited favour, but it’s not that easy. I’ve tried to show this simple act of unmerited favour to strangers by doing the following, and it’s surprising how people react.

When I’m at a cafe, petrol station or bakery, I’ve randomly picked the person next to me and asked if I could pay for their goods? I’ve clearly let them know how blessed I am and would like that blessing to be passed on to them. I’d suggest 50% of people refused my gesture and were almost annoyed by my generosity.

1. They looked suspicious.

2. They looked like they were being patronised.

3. They clearly didn’t like a stranger giving them something for nothing.

When it comes to God, humanity is ignorant of how blessed they are and it’s completely unmerited. Society has done a brilliant job at hoodwinking us into merited favour, or an exchange for goods and services can only be measured by an equal exchange of goods and services.

When it comes to true mercy, love and goodness, we’ve come to accept that as a handout rather than a healing oil.

In nature, a plant is recognised by the fruit it gives, by the blessing it provides or a bird by the songs it sings. The following is an amazing example of God’s mercy, love and goodness.

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?(

Jesus

What has a bird done to deserve it’s morning feed as we listen to them sing. Jesus goes on to say how much more important are we to God than a bird?

Each morning as I look at the sunrise, I like you have to consciously receive all that God has for me and it is good.

Perhaps it’s time to drink in God’s goodness and stop beating yourself over the head trying to earn God’s blessing and just be open to it!!

I pray you have an amazing day.

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