Standing Against False Teachings; Standing with God Through Grace!
9 “Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings; for it is well for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by regulations about food, which have not benefited those who observe them.” ~ Hebrews 13:9, (NRSVACE)
As a private school teacher, I come across a lot of people who are interested in putting all kinds of rules and regulations on what you should or should not do with the children. Each day is like dogging a bullet. If someone thinks you’re not obeying they call the authorities. How then I ask can we be true to our profession, true to our God, true to ourselves if we are forced to observe things which only serve to complicate the everyday experience? To truly teach others we ourselves must be true in that teaching, and in Hebrews, many people were found to not be true and instead lived lives bound by false doctrine. Grace is found through finding the strength to stand up and do what you know is right and many times that goes against the world which is made up of endless regulations that are designed to keep us bound up, afraid, isolated, and scared of being found false. Grace is found in the teaching which is not bound but free and enlightening meeting everyone’s needs.
The words that should come from our mouths every day should echo this sentiment, “May you grow in the faith with a heart that takes seriously the only true thing which is the grace God so freely gives to us… May God’s grace rest upon you.” Let us keep the devotion called grace, make our lives an example of God’s grace, and through this teaching be strengthened as we help others also stand up and be strong. Together we are stronger, like many strings woven into a rope, and by the same token apart we are weak and easy to fall too the regulations of the world which is worthless in the end. Show grace in everything you do for all others and grace shall be shown to you. Make this year one to remember through grace allowing your heart to be filled and constantly blessed by God. Pray daily to God, give him your worries and your praise!
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