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Celebrating Grace

Dear God: It’s a new day and I thank you for it, and for the relief of rest and renewal. I just finished reading about when Jesus healed several people of their physical problems. After he was healed, the religious leaders scolded one man for carrying his bed roll on the Sabbath. Evidentially the leaders viewed themselves as the “spiritual police” who were to make sure people didn’t break any holy laws. The only problem was they didn’t understand your heart and what matters most to you.

Jesus swept their petty rules away when he told the healed man to pick up his bed and walk. Controversy could have been avoided if he had just said, “get and walk, you’re healed.” But Jesus came to change people’s misconceptions about you and your character. This required a frontal attack on the false piety being pushed by the religious leaders of that time. Eventually it got him killed! But not before Jesus was able to expose their errors and spread the good news about God’s grace.

Thank you for loving me that much. Help me today to reflect this love to those around me.

In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Rich DuBose writes from Northern California.

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About Rich DuBose

Rich DuBose

is director of Church Support Services for the Pacific Union Conference.

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