Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June 24, 2014 … Repaired By Veins of Blood

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 175

Devotional Song: Go to this link …   Please go to this You Tube video link to hear Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing He’ll Do Whatever It Takes, reminding all Christians just how far God will go farther than we can imagine or rationalize to repair us into the image of our Lord … and then ON TO THIS LINK  to hear the same group singing the song, Your Grace Still Amazes Me, powerfully proclaiming the amazing grace offered freely by our Savior to repair, renew, and restore us from our brokenness into His image.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: Romans 6: 5 [NKJV] …  
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, …
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Romans 6: 1-18 [NKJV] … Go to this link

Reference Passages #1 John 3: 16 [NKJV] … Certainly I don’t need to insult you by copying this verse here …

Reference Passages #2 2nd Corinthians 5: 17 …  
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Reference Passages #3 Philippians 1: 6 … 
 6 … being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; …

My Journal for Today: If you were here with me yesterday, reading my journal entry [see this link], you read of the remarkable repair job God works in the lives of believers who receive God’s saving grace and become new creatures in Christ. Well, today, my Our Daily Bread [ODB] devotional used a clever word picture to reinforce that truth.

The ODB for today taught me about the Japanese art form, KINTSUGI, pictured in the attached photo, which takes a broken piece of pottery and uses pure gold to repair the plate into a very practical work of art. And if you were served a meal on a “kintsugi repaired” plate, it would be a considered an honor because the Kintsugi plate would be seen as more beautiful, and certainly more valuable, than the originally fashioned piece of pottery.

As a Christian I would expect that you’re way ahead of me here, … seeing immediately the parallel picture of what the blood of Christ does, like the gold in “Kintsugi,” to repair, renew, and restore our hearts from the brokenness of our sinful selves. We’re all broken at birth, aren’t we (see Romans 3: 23)? And it takes the AMAZING, SAVING GRACE of Christ’s blood, spilled on the cross, to take our brokenness and reshape us into the resurrected life of our Savior. Again, as I posited yesterday, it is this process of salvation and sanctification [see2nd Cor. 5: 17 or Phil. 1: 6] which makes us over again into a new and way more valuable me. And anyone who is willing to repent – in brokenness and humility – believing in the power of Christ’s atoning blood, he/she will be repaired, somewhat like a “Kintsugi plate,” into a wholeness which is far more beautiful and way more valuable than the original version fashioned by our sin-born lives.

Please take the time to use the links above to hear two of my favorite worship songs; and revel and meditate in the reality of the repair-job which Christ has done with His blood – and your faith – to renew and restore you into His image forever. Can I sense you joining me in my prayer of HALLELUJAH below?

My Prayer for Today … Oh, Lord, I most certainly share a loud HALLELUJAH here this morning!! … Amen

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