February 27, 2020. Day 58: The joy of the Lord is your strength.

“To live is Christ” has brought us into the joy of the LORD. Yes, weep over your sin, this is right and good. But then rejoice over your Savior, for he rejoices over you. Let your mourning be turned to dancing and your sorrow to gladness. Let your cross become your resurrection. Let the imputed holiness of Christ cause you to delight in him. Let his grace make you happy (it’s okay, you’re allowed), and find your strength in the joy of the Lord.

February 24, 2020. Day 55: A wise and discerning mind.

“To live is Christ” is the wisdom from God. It is a response to life that will always seem foolish to the world, because it will always seek to serve rather than be served. It will always do what is just and good even when it hurts. It will always give grace, even when none will be given in return. And it will do all of this from the fear of the Lord. From a faith that trust God’s wisdom found in the upside down of the cross.

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