By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”
In our world today, think about the amount of time and money we spend and the extensive efforts that we put into trying to get people to like, admire, and respect us. Think about the great cost of having to prove ourselves to our near-dwellers.
We don’t have to carry that burden. This comes from a place of ego, a place in our hearts easily offended, already wounded, that just can’t handle someone saying or thinking something bad about us, or rejecting us, or gossiping about us. What a great fear we carry in our hearts.
But we don’t have to be afraid. We can smile. We don’t have to prove ourselves to others and certainly not to God. He asks only that we be humble and not boastful.
You are loved. You are an unceasing, spiritual being, with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe and no one can take that from you.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I am not afraid because I know that you lead the way. I look forward to the future, to living a humble, useful, faithful life. Amen.
Reflection: What has been your greatest emotional wound? How has God helped you to heal from that hurt?