God's Unconditional Love - the Springboard to Release & Redemption - Thursday, January 12th

God's Unconditional Love - the Springboard to Release & Redemption - Thursday, January 12th

Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. But Paul shouted to him, Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 46:26-30

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

It is so hard for us to see the bigger picture of what God is doing. Our take on the situations of life can be so narrow. What if Paul and Silas had reacted differently to being beaten and thrown into prison by allowing themselves to focus on the injustice of it, to be caught up in their personal needs and rights, to demand of God that something be done. They would have missed God and a myriad of purposes for which He allowed them to go through this experience. Two purposes stand out: reaching the Philippian jailor and his family for Christ and setting into motion the sequence of events that would bring Paul to Rome for the sake of God’s kingdom. We think freedom is being free from tough situations including rejection and ill-treatment. Freedom, however, is being so wrapped up in God’s unconditional love that we are able to remain in difficult situations free from fear of rejection and ill-treatment as God works redemptively on behalf of the very ones who misuse us.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, thank you for all the times you have intervened and released me from my circumstances. Thank you for the increased inner freedom that is mine because of my growing confidence in your unconditional love regardless of my being released from my circumstances. Thank you for the redemptive impact these changes in me are having on those who come up against me. I am truly blessed to be able to play a part in the advancement of your Kingdom. Amen!

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