Grace Wins

It is one of nature’s ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us. 

     ~ Igor Stravinsky

Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.
   ~ Romans 13:1
   I am looking at the scripture and wondering what world we live in right now.  Children getting less direction from home and parents putting the burden of education on the schools, drivers disregarding the simplest of laws with regard to stopping at intersections, traffic lights, right of way, adult educators using words in classrooms of higher education that, while it is their right, sets no standard of excellence.  
     It is no wonder that many of my friends are on the average 12 years older than I.  The thing is, there are less and less of them as I grow older.  They have moved into Heaven.  I am so grateful for the friends I have no matter what their age.  And I also notice a growing number of friends that are 12 years younger than I am.           That makes me aware of my responsibility as much as having older friends to rely on.  I must live the life, use the right language, be kind to those who are unkind as to challenge my patience.  
     Including government officials.  Temptation is evident both in the groups that try to buy campaigns and the ones who accept the donations, in the law, in the lobbyists.  But I must remember my own rule about pointing a finger and be about the business of doing the right thing as unto the Lord, not as unto my fellow believers or non-believers.  No “look at me!  I am a good example.”  That usually comes right before I fall on my face.  
   God is God and all authority rests theirin.  And when we fall, grace wins every time.
     Walk in the grace of God, be ready to extend a hand, or take one.  
Grace Wins – Matthew West
Because of Him,

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