April 26, 2021

1 John 3:23 And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him. (The Message Bible)

Last night was the Oscars with the famous Red-Carpet show, even if it was a little different this year. These are the beautiful people of Hollywood who embody the look that so many use as a standard and consequently find themselves lacking. Behind the glitz and the glamour is too often the worship of celebrity and the desire to approach it by imitating it or criticizing it. But the really beautiful people are the ones that are unselfconscious, who don’t ask to be admired or esteemed but who are so comfortable with themselves that they make others comfortable too. When we lose ourselves, we often find so much more, like God. It is a wonderfully challenging thought that we get what we ask for because we have developed a heart that wants what it has been given. Not an easy thing to do by human standards, but one of those impossible things the Bible says God makes possible. Bold and free before God! Isn’t that what you really want? 

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