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Monday, October 10, 2016

What You Require

O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8, NLT).

What do you desire from me, Lord? What can I offer you that is good? What can I give you that brings you joy? There is really nothing I can bring but myself. The gift of my life—surrendered to you without any right of ownership—is what you desire. You always call me to do what is right. For me to do what is right I must give up all my rights. I have none. You own my heart—my mind—my spirit. You have purchased my soul. In your Word you instruct me in the way I should go. I long to be as a tree planted along a riverbank which bears good fruit in season. Its leaves never wither; it prospers. It has deep roots. Lord, I want to blossom and never wither on the vine—to prosper in your purpose and stand strong when hardship comes. With an obedient heart I choose to do what you deem right in each circumstance—whether that circumstance is one of hardship or one of joy. You ask for mercy to reign in my heart. You ask me to love beyond the limits of my human ability. You call me to forgive so that I might be free. For my freedom you gave your life. Your mercy looked beyond my fault. Your mercy recognized my need. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Your love is forgiveness. How can I not extend mercy and forgiveness to others as you have extended each to me? My life for yours is what you ask of me. I am called to walk humbly in your love having no agenda—to be at rest in your will. When I am at rest I have your incredible peace that encompasses me. Only I can destroy your peace. When I believe that my control is better than yours, Lord, I destroy your peace with my pride. Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility I receive your wisdom. And in your wisdom I live in your freedom. I trust your heart because you created mine. You give me the freedom to choose life, Lord, and to do what is right. You bless me with your grace so that my life is filled with your love and purpose. You chose me, Lord. Now I choose to clothe myself with your tenderhearted mercy—with your kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. I have nothing to prove. You prove yourself. I am free to live your love.

  Lynn Hampton Lacher

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