You were, are, and always will be loved by God.

(Listen to my song “The Way You Are” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Acts 20:22-24

But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there I do not know, except that in one city after another the holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me. Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel of God’s grace.


Paul speaks here of his attunement to the Spirit.

He knew the way of Christ…the way of self-emptying (Philippians 2:7)…letting go of his ego so that the Spirit’s desires could rise in him.

This is what led him to go to Jerusalem.

How often do we practice this self-emptying?

I would recommend some form of meditation. Centering Prayer is my practice…but you would be benefited by some practice that allows your ego to lose its grip on your life.

Note that Paul’s mission…as any Christian’s mission should be…was to “bear witness to the gospel of God’s grace.”

The Christian path is not about us trying to prove our worthiness or acceptability to God.

It’s about grace!

God loves us and everyone else and all creation unconditionally!

That is the gospel…the Good News!

Accept it.

Be free.

Then pass the message on to others!


Listen to the song of the day “The Way You Are” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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