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Choice is a powerful thing. We need it, we demand it, we can’t survive without it. Without the thought of having control over our lives, we collapse into despair. The irony is that we have a penchant of controlling others. When we judge people, when we think they have a better “way”, we are literally telling people, do it our way. I imagine in life, there are “better” ways to do things, but that is not always true for each individual. People are different, they come from different places and experiences. No single person has a life history that is the same. Even twins living in the same home could have totally different life experiences. No two people are alike.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Cor. 5:10

When I look at the ministry of Christ, He never forced anyone to be anything that they didn’t want to be. He saw in each of us a possibility of what we could become and He urged us on. By His love He encouraged us to leave the world behind and choose life. Jesus loved us first. He took the time to understand us. He didn’t look beyond our life’s trials, but saw our human weakness, then asked us if we want to move beyond. Jesus always gave us a choice. Of course Jesus wants the best for us, but ultimately is has to be our decisions to make that change. Lovingly, Jesus bades us to come to Him. So, in this world, only love for people can truly bring on change that is enduring because change always happens from within. God can do amazing things, He has promised this. Let’s make a choice to follow Him, everyday, that His change might be lived out in our lives today.

Connected to the Vine

-Pastor Danny

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