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You Have My Attention, Lord

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.  Psalm 119:165 KJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay. God has a sense of humor when it comes to getting my attention.

On my way to church one Sunday, a song on the radio spoke of being free and without chains. The guest speaker that morning read from John 8:31-36 about how the truth makes us free and breaks the chains. When the service was over and I got back into my car, there was another song on the radio about . . . you guessed it . . . being set free.

Free. That was my word from God for the day, but I wondered what it meant specifically.

That afternoon, my husband and I got into a heated discussion about a certain person and situation. He said, “You’re carrying an offense.”

His conclusion was the last thing I wanted to hear.  I disagreed—loudly—telling him he was wrong. I assured him my offense had been dealt with and put behind me.

Then why did I get so angry? I asked myself. Why did I lash out at the person who loves me and was only trying to help me? I wrestled with these questions the rest of the day.

The next morning when I opened my devotional book, the title of the devotion was “God Wants to Set You Free.”

Okay, God, I get it. It’s obvious we have work to do.

Taking on an offense can be so subtle we hardly realize it. Even when we think we’ve forgiven someone, it’s easy to ignore the root of bitterness embedding itself in our heart. That bitterness taunts us, raising its ugly head every time the offending person’s name is mentioned.

The Bible says Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them.

Seriously? Nothing? That’s a tall order, but I’ve learned God never instructs us to do anything He doesn’t give us the power to accomplish.

As I spent time in God’s presence, He revealed negative attitudes that needed to be dealt with. As I confessed my sin, He once again forgave me, cleansed my heart, and renewed my spirit and soul. He washed me clean and set me free from the unseen chains holding me down. I gained a different perspective—a godly perspective.

Freedom is a wonderful gift. Allow God to set you free today.

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an author, freelance editor, workshop leader, and writing mentor with a passion to encourage other writers and help them sharpen their skills. She is Associate Editor for Christian Devotions Ministries and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Andrea has been published online and in numerous anthologies. She is the author of Murder of a Manuscript: Writing and Editing Tips to Keep Your Book Out of the Editorial Graveyard, The Gift and Praying for the Prodigal. For more information or to contact her, visit www.andreamerrell.com or www.thewriteediting.com.