“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
So, how often do you hear the following:
- I promise
- Consider it done
- I love you
- I’m here for you
- Call upon me anytime
How’s it working for you? Do you believe folks when they say these things to you? Do you doubt? Do you sometimes wonder “what’s next . . . wonder what favor he wants? Wonder what she did . . . she’s trying to get on my good side.”
I managed a office where several of my staff got flowers delivered to them, and often. I admit, it seldom happened to me. I also admit that with the cost of roses, as much as I love flowers there’s likely something else I’d prefer he spent money on than a dozen long stem roses from the fancy flower shop. Know what though? One of the girls always got angry when her husband sent flowers. She was certain he was GUILTY of something and wasn’t gonna rest until she knew what it was.
I’d met her husband and I don’t think he was any more corrupt than the rest of us. I think he loved his wife. When I got flowers, they were generally carnations. I loved them and they lasted longer than roses and cost less and the love behind them touched my heart. Honestly, it never came to my mind that there was a disaster heading my way and the flowers were a sign. I admit, though, when certain people came to me with “hi, honey, how are you” I thought, “trouble’s brewing.”
Reading Paul’s letter from which the above quote came brought these thoughts to me because of the words “we HAVE these promises” from God. There is no doubt, there are no strings, we don’t have to perform a certain way to earn them, His love is ours whether we nail the purity part of the quote or not. Still, purity is something I try to shoot for. Not because I have to, not because He loves me, because I love Him.
His love and promises are real! We can’t lose them, can’t earn them, and He showers us with His love and grace! If “trouble’s brewing, it’s us who’ve failed Him and not the other way around and when this happens, He still pours out Himself on us and in us. When we humans just could get it right, what did He do? Scrap the notion and start over? Give up on us? No, He gave, but He didn’t give up. He gave His only begotten Son. Wow!