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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Proper 14

God’s Word says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Sounds easier to say, then do, doesn’t it? I can’t do that on my own. It sounds like the ideal world. And it is.

Did you notice how it is that you are able to do such things? “You were sealed for the day of redemption” with the Holy Spirit.

It is that beautiful gift of the Holy Spirit in baptism that seals you, forgiving you, to live this redeemed, forgiven and forgiving life. God’s work of Jesus, in and through you.

These Seeds of Faith have been sown by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bridgeport, NE. I’m Pastor Allen Strawn.

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