I'll start with Day 7, which for me, was today. Today's study was centered around Matthew 5:31-37. I loved so much to read in the SRT study that
God cares so deeply for us that He makes us promises that last an eternity.
Imagine that! I think of so many silly promises I've made to other people and to myself. "I promise I'll read two books to you before bed." "I promise to let you eat ice cream if you eat every last bite of your dinner." "I swear I'll never eat that again." "If you make dinner, I promise to do the dishes." "I swear I'll never speak to him/her again." Think about it! The pinky-swears in grade school, the promises you made to your first boyfriend, swearing on your grandmother's grave (even if she wasn't in a grave yet) to save a spot for your bff at lunch... these things are so ridiculous! Do we even take promises seriously? I guess I do, yes, but... but when I think of all of the stupid promises I've made in my lifetime, and probably will continue to make, for me to say that I take promises seriously is laughable.
So to be hit with the truth that "God's promises to us last an eternity", and then to think about the promises that He's made... holy smoke, guys. I can hardly handle it.
Matthew 6:33: But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 7:11: If you, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
Matthew 10:32: Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
This is not even the tip of the iceberg of God's promises to us. And we can take each of His promises to the bank. Cha-ching! God is good on His Word. His Word is complete truth, and His promises to us are for for-freaking-ever.
So let's work harder at this. [Or maybe you don't need to (but you probably do).] Let your 'yes' mean 'yes'. Let your 'no' mean 'no'. Be more honest! Take promises more seriously! I don't think it's wrong to promise to read to my child, but what I'm getting at here is that when Man's Promises are put into perspective compared to God's Promises, it kind of puts a little more edge on our words, doesn't it?
My husband and I went to a Life Group meeting last night, where we've been studying the book of Jonah. (That's a tough read for missionaries. Hits a little close to home.) Anyway, my dear friend said last night that "God's motive is always love." So true, right? Her notes say
His motive is always Love; whether He is praising or judging, His motive is always as a loving God. His love for the Ninevites was what took Jonah to Nineveh to risk his life preaching to a lost city. It was His love that sent His son to die on the cross. And it was His love that reached into your soul and asked the question, Will you follow me? It was God’s love that asked Jonah, Will you go? Will you warn these people that they will perish if they don’t turn to me? Love is always God’s motive.
Love is always God's motive, and it should always be ours. In our words, in our promises, in our 'yes'es and in our 'no's.
So now, back-tracking to Day 6 (this'll be quick):
Each week in the She Reads Truth study, there is a "day off", of sorts. For me, it's a time to reflect back on what I've been reading for the week, to re-immurse myself into my notes, and, led by She Reads Truth, to memorize scripture. The first memory-verse for the Sermon on the Mount study was Matthew 5:9.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
It's a beautiful verse, and I'm simultaneously encouraged and convicted by it whenever God brings it to my mind. Here's a free lockscreen from SRT that I get to see whenever I pick up my phone or my iPad. It is gorgeous:
She Reads Truth is an incredible online community Bible Study. I love what they’re doing there, and invite absolutely anyone (even “He”s) to join in.