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Let go, listen, and allow Love to guide your words and actions.

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Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

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Matthew 13:33

Jesus spoke to them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.”

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Jesus often spoke of the “kingdom of heaven” or the “kingdom of God.”

He wasn’t speaking of a reward down the road when you die.

He was talking about now.

Jesus’s hope was that we would all take part in the process by which this “kingdom of heaven” would become present.

As he prayed to God in what is known as The Lord’s Prayer: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

But this kingdom comes under the radar.

As Jesus also said, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:20-21).

It is like yeast secretly working on the wheat flour until it is leavened.

So how do we cooperate in this unfolding of the kingdom of God?

Jesus gave us the answer.

When a scribe agreed with Jesus that the greatest commandments were to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself, Jesus told him: “You are not far from the kingdom of God” (Mark 12:34).

Love is the answer.

When you love, it is about God’s kingdom and not your kingdom.

It means dying to self (ego).

It’s about acting in love each moment of your life, especially when it’s hard.

You cannot love people by ridiculing them, belittling them, cheating them, physically hurting them…much less killing them.

Each of us must grapple with this as to how we live, how we vote, how we speak, what we support and who we support.

I have to let this philosophy inform everything I do.

This has completely overhauled and refashioned my life, and continues to do so.

What about you?

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

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

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon 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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