Open Heart

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“All the love in this life is within reach only when I let go of the circle of ill and make room for the love You ever want to instill.” – Meister Eckhart

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Psalm 79:5

How long, LORD? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealous anger keep burning like fire?

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The psalms capture the full spectrum of human emotions.

That’s why we can all relate to them.

We’ve experienced them all.

Anger is one such emotion.

Over the years of human evolution and spiritual development, we have tried to grasp the idea of God.

Humans have often projected their own emotions onto God.

In the Christian tradition, since men were the rulers, God was seen as male.

Therefore, humans projected many of the attributes of a male ruler onto God.

People also believed that when bad things happened, God was punishing them.

When good things happened, they were being rewarded.

Jesus dispelled these beliefs.

When his followers asked who had sinned to cause a man to be born blind, Jesus answered: “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him” (John 9:3).

Scripture eventually told us the truth: “God is love” (1 John 4:8).

Then Jesus reflected that truth.

Jesus said that if we knew him, then we would also know God (John 14:7).

He demonstrated who God is through pouring himself out in service, especially to those looked upon as the least of these (Matthew 25:40).

Jesus also showed us who God is in the way he reached out to the suffering with compassion.

God always makes good from the seemingly bad.

That’s what Love does!

As St. Paul put it: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28).

So, no matter what life is handing you, trust that God is loving you and embracing you.

Channel that message with your words and actions.

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Listen to the song of the day “God Is” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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

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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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