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Upside Down


Written by Paul David Tripp, a contemporary pastor, author, and speaker. This is an excerpt from his book “New Morning Mercies.”

Your welcome into God’s family turns everything upside down. God not only forgives your sins and guarantees you a seat in eternity but welcomes you to a radically new way of living. This new way of living is not just about submitting to God’s moral code. No, it is about God covenantally committing Himself to be faithful to you forever, unleashing His wisdom, power, and grace for your eternal good. Think about this. The One who created and controls the world, the One who is the ultimate definition of what is loving, true, and good, and the One who alone has the power to finally defeat sin has chosen, because of His grace, to wrap His arms of faithful love and protection around you, and He will not let you go. He can be trusted even when you cannot. He will be faithful and good even when you’re not. Rather than giving you license to do whatever, this truth is a great motivator to continue to invest in the one thing that will never come up short, and that one thing is the faithfulness of your Lord.


Today’s prayer is from the Gregorian Sacramentary, a 10th century illuminated Latin manuscript ascribed to Gregory I.

O God,

by the grace of the Holy Spirit

you poured the gift of love

into the hearts of your faithful people.

Give your servants

health of body and soul

that they may love you with all their strength,

and moved by love, do what pleases you;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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