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Celebrating The Everlasting King – Day 12

Celebrating The Everlasting King – Day 12

Father of Mercy


1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.


I enjoy gift giving unless I am really rushed for time, which does happen quite a bit these days. I like the process of thinking about what someone would like, making a list of what to buy and finding the chosen gifts. I like shopping around and maybe getting a bite to eat while out shopping. If I have frustrations with gift giving it is budget (I’d like to cover someone’s whole wish list someday) or not quite finding what I’ve thought up for my loved one. I can be very particular. I know, for many, the gift and giver possibly won’t be remembered even a few weeks later, but I like the moment of saying, through a gift, I care about you. 


To me, being promised an inheritance is a great gift. An inheritance goes to family. It affirms we are one. An inheritance is blessing. It reveals we are blessed. An inheritance considers tomorrow. It secures. An inheritance is based on your work, not mine. It demonstrates grace.


The Father of mercy not only doesn’t give me what I deserve (judgment for my sin); in coming to earth as a baby, He gives me merciful, new life. I am blessed. Do I remember His gift of an inheritance in Christ as I see what’s under the tree?

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