Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father make us steady and stable and awash with peace this Christmas season. Father, we need you. Fill us with your Spirit. Perfect our prayers. Give us a deeper understanding of your Word. In all of this, draw us closer to you. Call out to us. And in the name of Jesus and by the power of the Spirit, help us to daily answer your call to come to your side! Amen.
Your Morning Song: "Silent Night / Jesus We Love You" by TRIBL (ft. Brandon Lake, Phil Wickham, & Kim Walker-Smith)
Your Morning Scripture: Psalm 119:1-3
Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
We cannot be perfect. I think we all agree on that. But how then can we be blameless? If elsewhere in the Bible it says that the heart is wicked and deceitful above all else, then how can we seek our God with all of our heart? How can we do no wrong?
At a glance this seems contradictory.
But the way of the blameless is guided by and grounded in the law of the Lord, God's Word to us. If we obey His Word, we are blameless. And if, when we disobey, we repent, we are blameless. Because of the gift of Jesus, the Lamb sent to take away the sin of the world, there is no condemnation any more, for those of us who love Him.
We know the reason for this Christmas season. Jesus. But do we embrace Him? Do we seek Him out in the Bible, to treasure what He has said? Do we live peace-full lives, ever mindful of and thankful for Him? Or perhaps we have mistaking "knowing" the reason for the season, with actually living out the reason, walking with the reason, praying and worshipping in the name of the reason.
We are blameless before our Heavenly Father when, by the work of Jesus, we place our whole selves, our all day every day living, upon the Word of God. And when we do well, we thank Him. And when we sin and then repent, we thank Him. And in all of this there is peace. And no condemnation.