Calvary’s Choice

“And on Calvary we have been delivered into freedom if we would only set our gaze on it’s truth and life”

A couple nights ago, a friend of mine left me a note of encouragement. The note wasn’t something she had written, but a letter that she reads over and over to remind herself that even as Christians we are not perfect, but it is the sacrifice on Calvary that allows us all to choose to either allow that which rots to rule over what is eternal, or what is eternal to rule over what rots. Our flesh is failing, but our spirit, staked in the body of Christ, is eternal. In our case, we are struggling with our sinful nature. We are struggling to remember the grace by which we live in. But God, in His love and kindness, does not leave us without passage into an eternal perspective if we would only continue to seek. And this letter, entitled Grace by the Moments by Max Lucado, has helped each of us remember what Calvary allows and where we can stand.


 

Each Day…

It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming. In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of the solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is not that I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose.

I Choose Love…

No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I Choose Joy…

I will invite God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical-the tool of the lay thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I Choose Peace…

I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I Choose Patience…

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I Choose Kindness…

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I Choose Goodness…

I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I Choose Faithfulness…

Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My spouse will not question my love. And my children will never fear that I will not come home.

I Choose Gentleness…

Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only for myself.

I Choose Self-Control

I am a spiritual being-after this body is dead my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control

To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek his grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.


 

I know that I won’t live up to these perfectly, but they remind me of the grace by which I live. I can’t, but He can. The fact that He lives allows me to recognize my faults, but live in the gift of his power that is at work within us. I’m not perfect, but because of His gift I am able to strive to be more like Christ.

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