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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Better than I Deserve

Does God treat you better than you deserve? Worse? Pretty fair? What does this show you about God’s character? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1202).

Once I had a Sunday school teacher whose name was Andy Hines. I have overheard people asking him on various occasions how he was doing. He would sometimes answer “better than I deserve.” Since then, I have used this reply often myself when asked a similar question. It seems to me flat-out appropriate. Jimmy Carter said regarding his father “I longed for the kind of relationship in which I would never have to prove myself or be afraid to tell him I’d done something wrong” (Through the Year with Jimmy Carter, p.117). We imperfect creatures long to be loved and blessed and have permission to be simply honest. We have a heavenly father that provides exactly that relationship. Additionally I have found this to be true extensively within my own family and extended relationships. So quite apart from material blessings, I have been unspeakably blessed with anchored loving relationships at home and elsewhere.

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