Unspeakable Joy Devotional

31st July

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It’s truth! Are you getting it? If you really want to be like Jesus: be the one who stays, when everyone else walks away, be the one who forgives, even when it’s undeserved, be the one to show grace when everyone else is casting stones, be the one to show love, even when they betray you, because that’s who Jesus is.

What if, for one day and one night, Jesus lives your life with His heart? Your heart gets the day off, and your life is led by the heart of Christ. His priorities govern your actions. His passions drive your decisions, His love directs your behavior.

What would you be like? Would people notice a change? Your family-would they see something new? Your coworkers-would they sense a difference? What about the less fortunate? Would you treat them the same? And your friends? Would they detect more joy? How about your enemies? Would they receive more mercy from Christ’s heart than from yours?

And you? How would you feel? What alterations would this transplant have on your stress level? Your mood swings? Your temper? Would you sleep better? Would you see sunsets differently? Death differently? Any chance you would need fewer aspirins or sedatives? Better yet, would you still do what you are doing?

Pause and think about your schedule. Obligations. Engagements. Outings. Appointments. With Jesus taking over your heart, would anything change?

God wants you to “think and act like Jesus Christ” Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”

Ephesians 4:23-24 “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

God loves you the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus.

Don’t confuse God’s love with the love of people. The love of people often increases with performance and decreases with mistakes. Not so with God’s love. He loves you right where you are. Our evil cannot diminish His love. Our goodness cannot increase it. God doesn’t love us less if we fail or more if we succeed.

Colossians 3:10 “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.”

Are you wiling to let God have His way in changing you from the inside out into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ?

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