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Luke 1:50 He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him.
The Scriptures regularly talk about the importance of fearing God, but this can lead to some level of confusion for those who follow Jesus. In a society which often defines fear as being afraid of someone or something, what exactly does it mean to fear God? Are we really supposed to be afraid of God?
In a biblical sense, God is loving, kind, merciful, and welcoming. If you read through the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, you’ll discover that people weren’t afraid to come into the presence of Jesus. Instead, people felt welcome, safe, and loved in His presence.
At the same time, there are many accounts of people who are in complete awe of God. This makes sense. The love of God is the most powerful force in the universe. His power is beyond our imagination. Therefore, it makes complete sense that when we attempt to comprehend the majesty and might of His power we will be left in awe. And we will see that He shows mercy to all who have placed their faith in Him.
READING & PRAYERS:
LUKE 1:46-56 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: In what ways will you help others to feel welcome, safe, and loved in your presence today?
REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Today, be intentional in thought, words, and actions to help others feel welcome, safe, like they belong, and loved as they interact with you.
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I’m so grateful that no matter what mistakes I’ve made throughout my life, You continue to reveal that I am welcome, safe, I belong, and I’m loved in Your presence. No matter what I may do or say, nothing, absolutely nothing can separate me from Your love. May this truth continue to permeate my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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