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“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.  “

– Colossians 3:24-25

There are some harsh words in these verses that are easily emphasized.  I mean, it is really easy to be drawn to the “repaid for his wrong“, and to dwell on that, preach it and let people know that they are to be careful, not to mention feeling guilty ourselves for the mistakes we have made.    Don’t get me wrong, there is great truth and importance in that verse and how we live our lives.  I am so thankful for the promise of  grace and mercy in  Jesus.  When I stumble, sin, do wrong, I know I can come back to Him, ask and receive forgiveness and grace.  Praise the Lord for that!

This morning, however, I am drawn to the latter part of this verse.  “there is no favoritism”.  Oh how good that Word does for my soul today.  It seems in this world we are so quick to compare ourselves with others.  We so easily lift others up on  pedestals, wishing we could be like them.   It is easy to wish I could be a mom like her, or a spouse like them, or parent like them, or successful like him, or…  I could go on and on.  Can you relate?  I compare myself all too often.

The good news for today;  God has no favorites!  He loves each of us the same, with a “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love”! (Jesus Storybook Bible)  

We are children of God, sons and daughters of the King!  He does not compare us to each other.  He does not love one more than the other because of their success or good deeds…  He loves us each deeply and desires for us to live a life of love.  He sees our hearts.  He knows our hearts and He pours himself out to fill our hearts.

Thank you, Jesus for the reminder today that we are each unique and dearly loved.  Reach into our lives today.  Meet us where we are and renew us, forgive us and assure us that we are loved for who we are, children of God.  Amen!

Is there anything you need to lay down at the feet of Jesus today?  Any part of you that compares yourself to others?  Lay it down and allow Him to fill you with his “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love”! 

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