Given Freely to be Deeply Owned | 40 Gifts of Lent | Gift 28
Today’s Reading: Galatians 1 – end
May what our Master Jesus Christ gives freely be deeply and personally yours, my friends. Oh, yes! Galatians 6:18 (The Message)
I am discouraged today. I feel empty.
And so I run away. Purposefully running to the gospel of grace, owning its truth. I’m talking to myself. I’m telling myself that what Jesus Christ has given freely is reaching deep and deeper still in my soul. His gift of joy overwhelms discouragement.
Why are people usually unhappy? David Martyn Lloyd-Jones said it’s because people are listening to themselves instead of talking to themselves. I can choose to listen to whatever my thoughts are telling me–I can listen to the negative banter and feel horrible.
Or I can talk back. I can remind myself of what is true, and who I am, and who God is and what he has done.
This gift is unwrapped, there is amazing joy and is deeply owned.
I read a sweet devotional book today: Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones
I am anticipating the arrival of Easter and celebrating the most amazingly good gift I’ve ever received. I want to focus my heart on the fulfilled expectation of Christ’s first coming and the glorious expectation of His second coming. To continue reading, please go here: 40 Gifts of Lent