Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

Dear child, when you find your­self in­wardly mock­ing oth­ers, it’s a sign that you’re feel­ing fear­ful and in­se­cure about your Fa­ther’s abil­ity to pro­vide abun­dantly.

When you look around your world, you see ma­te­rial things in lim­ited sup­ply. Per­haps there are only three gal­lons of milk left on sale at your lo­cal store, and so you com­pete to se­cure one of them for your fam­ily. Since that’s the way you see things work­ing, you as­sume that your Fa­ther’s love works that way too. And so you feel the need to re­as­sure your­self that you are bet­ter than your neigh­bor so you can be sure to get your “gal­lon” of your Fa­ther’s love.

But things work dif­fer­ently in your Fa­ther’s king­dom: There is al­ways more than enough. He is able to mul­ti­ply what­ever you give: When you see beauty and send out your joy, He’ll lead you into see­ing much more beauty. When you feel love and send out what’s in your heart, He’ll fill your heart with much more love. What you give, you will get—mul­ti­plied.

Put aside your snide think­ing and open your heart in com­pas­sion for your neigh­bor’s weak­nesses: By do­ing so, you will im­me­di­ately feel for your­self how your Fa­ther graces you with more than enough love and beauty.

Re­lated pas­sage: Do Not Be Anx­ious, Matthew 6:25–34 —Je­sus to the crowd,

Matthew 6:28–29

“Con­sider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they nei­ther toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not ar­rayed like one of these.”

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