56a14dd4b9b53Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV

I visited the grands in Starkville while Pam was visiting her mom in Florida. Before she left, she made sure that I had something to give to the kids. This is the normal practice when visiting which usually includes some new clothing for Samantha and a toy or goodies for Stephen. Giving is at the heart of parenting (and grand parenting) and this is also true of our Father, God.

We see in John 3:16 that love motivates God to give. It is at the core of His very nature. He freely gives us all things pertaining to life and godliness. Since God is a giver, we should be good receivers, right? Herein lies our problem.

In our gut, we think we have to do something to be an acceptable candidate to receive from God.  We think we need to be good enough, be better spiritually, do something deserving in order to be a qualified recipient of His goodness. However, we fall short of our own standards that we have established for ourselves. Likewise, we are woefully negligent of maintaining the expectations that we feel that God has put in place for us. Our failures shout constantly that God is a giver, but not to a person like us. We see ourselves as underserving.

All spiritual gifts are received by grace…you can’t earn one drop of it. God freely gives. Today’s verse says that the Lord of Peace…gives us peace. May God turn on the light of revelation for you to be able to trust by faith that you are receiving an abundance of peace into your life at this very moment. God pours it forth liberally, like sunlight on a cloudless day. Our job is to be willing and faithful receivers. Agree with God, and proclaim, “Lord, You are a giver of peace. I receive peace over my heart, mind, and emotions.” Peace on your life.

Blessings Love y’all.