November 11th, 2021

"We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

We Love Because
“We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

Why are we so hard with
one another?
Why so much
judgment
accusation
doubt
finger-pointing
questioning motives?
We are all frail
weak
failing
imperfect
inadequate
less than
striving for
hoping
falling short
human.
All of us are
injured
broken
bruised
left lame
shoulders bent
head bowed
heart wrenched
mind tired
dreams dashed
body weak
by life in this
fallen world.
None of us are
independently wise
independently strong
independently righteous
independently capable
independently worthy;
none of us.
All of us are
in desperate need of
grace
love
mercy
redemption
forgiveness
reconciliation
restoration
transformation
salvation;
all of us.
All of us bear an image
not of our failures
our weaknesses
our shortcomings
but of our Creator.
All of us carry a piece of his
glory.
His son died
to give us
new life
new hope
new potential
destiny.
May we greet
one another
with patient grace
sturdy love
sympathetic mercy
not first for our comfort
but for our Father’s
glory.

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

Maybe one of the biggest sins in our relationships with one another is the sin of forgetting.

It is so easy to forget how profound your need for grace is, and it is equally easy to forget the amazing grace that has been freely showered upon you. And when you forget the grace you’ve been given, it becomes very easy to respond to the people around you without grace.

A joyful life of grace toward others grows best in the soil of gratitude. When I reflect on who I am, when I take time to consider the grace that I couldn’t have earned, achieved, or deserved but which has been lavished on me, and when I remember that that grace came at the cost of the life of another, then I am joyfully motivated to give that grace to others.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

For the believer, harsh, critical, impatient, and irritated responses to others are always connected to forgetting or denying who we are and what we have been given in Jesus.

No one gives grace better than a person who is deeply convinced of their own need of it and who is cogently aware of the grace they have been, and are being, given.

“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” (2 Peter 1:5-9, ESV)

God bless,

Paul David Tripp
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It is 11:11 AM Thursday late morning here in West Michigan. It is a cold gray rainy day. A good day to wait for Spring to arrive. We won't see Spring for a long time. We are not even into the Winter Season yet.

I got up this morning around 7 o'clock AM. When I came upstairs I found my wife reading her Bible as usual. I got myself a cup of coffee and a piece of toast. I sat in our dining room seeking to wake up with a thankful heart. This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice in it. I will exercise faith and believe this day is a good day and not a bad day. This is a day I can have intimate fellowship and communion with the Lord.

Carol and I had breakfast and then Carol read Tripp's Wednesdays Word from her I-Phone. We then had a time of prayer and Carol iced almond cookies she made for an elderly friend's 94th birthday.

Carol left this morning to take fresh baked almond cookies to her elderly friend and do errands. I spent the morning writing in my paper diary and reading from a book titled, 'The Life of Jesus Christ' Part Two Volume 1, Chapters 1-57 by Ludolph of Saxony. So has gone by my morning thus far.

This afternoon at 2 o'clock PM I have a session with my therapist. After the session I will come home to rest.

Last night I mainly read my books and went to bed around 11 o'clock PM. I did film a video last night for my Youtube channel. Well, I will close to rest.

"[11] And he said, A certain man had two sons:
[12] And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
[13] And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
[14] And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
[15] And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
[16] And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
[17] And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
[18] I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
[19] And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
[20] And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
[21] And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
[22] But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
[23] And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
[24] For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
[25] Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
[26] And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
[27] And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
[28] And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
[29] And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
[30] But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
[31] And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
[32] It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found." Luke 15:11-32
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