Week 47 Wednesday

No Limits

Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 134-136

Key verses: Psalm 136:1

When you think of the words endure or endurance – what do they bring to mind?

  • An athlete pushing herself to that point of almost breaking – and then beyond?
  • A soldier accomplishing something seemingly super-human for the sake of duty?
  • An exhausted mother or father doing just one more thing that needs to be done?
  • A faithful worker going the extra mile for the boss?

These are the types of people and things we tend to think of.

But scripture uses the word endures for something particularly wonderful – the love of God.

In Psalm 136, in 26 verses, it says it 26 times.

“His love endures forever.”

Not His love endures until He just can’t take it anymore; not His love endures until He gets fed up; not His love endures as long as you do what He says.  It says

“His love endures forever.”

There are few verses of scripture that say so much with such clear brevity.

The story of God’s grace as it is especially shown in the ministry and life of Jesus Christ makes one thing very clear.

God’s love has no limits.  The only way a barrier can be placed between it and you is if you, in defiant free will, insist on putting one up.

The apostle Paul said it this way:

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

It’s God’s no limits gift to you.

The only question is: will you accept it?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your enduring love.  May I always gratefully accept it just as you offer it.  AMEN.

 

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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