Do I love Him more?

So I’m working on writing up devotions to submit to Portals of Prayer for Concordia Publishing House. That probably doesn’t sound very impressive, but it’s something I want to work on. Well, writing for me isn’t very challenging, what makes this project a little bit of a challenge though is the word count requirement. All submitted devotions must be 250words or less, which includes the scripture posted, the title, and the one-sentence prayer. For anyone who has followed me for even a little while can probably already tell…I’m more of a 1,200-1,300 word kinda girl. Well, hopefully this project will help me to hone my skills help me work toward being a bit more concise as I write. My goal is to grow as a writer and a teacher as I work to be obedient to whatever God puts in my path to do. I tell you all that to tell you this. I’ll be posting some of my little devotions here and I hope that though they are small…they will have an impact on your faith.

Read: Luke 7:36-50, Psalm 6

Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of Your steadfast love. Psalm 6:4 ESV

 Do you love Him more?

             Can you imagine the hush that fell in the room as this sinful woman walked in? The quiet murmurs which arose as her tears fell on the Savior’s dusty feet and the audible gasp as she knelt down to wipe them with her hair. Those in the room looked on expecting this great teacher to cast this woman back out on the streets for even approaching Him. Instead, He quietly sits as this precious daughter of His pours out the best she had to offer; her tears, fragrant oil, and her heart broken by sin.

Christ was within His rights to have her dragged away and punished, but something stopped Him. His love for her outweighed the punishment He could have delivered. Christ instead told a simple story which resonated with everyone in the room. Leaving them to wonder, “Do I love much?” We each could easily be that woman, on the ground behind Jesus’ feet, pouring out everything we have to offer, hoping for a scrap of grace. Or we could be others in the room, dishing out our own judgments.

In His abundant love for us, God offers us His best. More than a mere scrap of grace, a grace that covers every possible sin.

Father, thank You for loving us more, thank You for the forgiveness found in Jesus. Amen.

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3 thoughts on “Do I love Him more?

  1. Your illustration drawn from the circumstances of the Bible text, is nicely done.

    “We each could easily be that woman, on the ground behind Jesus’ feet, pouring out everything we have to offer, hoping for a scrap of grace. Or we could be others in the room, dishing out our own judgments.

    In His abundant love for us, God offers us His best. More than a mere scrap of grace, a grace that covers every possible sin.”

    Don’t leave us with a (predominant) message of law. We could be one or the other–you leave me to wonder which I might be, and in doing so I have no comfort or assurance. You then say, “In HIs love. . . God offers.” This statement is true but incomplete. What is the nature and depth of that offer that covers every possible sin? If I haven’t heard about God’s Christ, how am I to know about His salvation from what you have written? How am I to know that it is the blood of Christ that covers my sin? How do I know that God’s love–love that sent His Son to die for me, for my sin– so that I would not have to die on account of sin, that God’s love is so different than how the world uses the term ‘love’?

    In a group of a month’s devotions, you don’t have to hit the explicit Gospel everytime, but in a submission package of four devotions, if you can’t show me you *can* find, and deliver to my readers, the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ, I will be hard-pressed to invite you as an author, no matter how good you otherwise are as an author.

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    1. Dear Mr Kinnaman,
      I did not expect anyone from CPH to read this, but I am indeed grateful that you stopped by and left a comment. I understand where you are coming from and I will revisit this to see where I can make things a little bit more clear-cut. CPH certainly has offered an interesting challenge with their devotion style. I am looking forward to improving on getting a clear message across while remaining in the 250 word limit. I will be posting more of these devotions on my blog as I prepare my final four for submission.

      Thank you again for stopping by, I truly appreciate that you took the time to read and to leave your feedback, it was an unexpected blessing to read your constructive words today.

      Yours in Christ,
      Mrs. Heather Bleier

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  2. Wow. That comment read as overly harsh, especially considering it’s an unsolicited opinion on a public blog. Your response was gracious. Keep up the inspiring work!

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