Nuts About Us
In the Word
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Of the Word
Why are cashews never sold in their shells like most other nuts?
The shells cause a skin rash similar to poison ivy.
A person trying to open a cashew’s shell soon comes to the conclusion that the nut is worthless or even dangerous, certainly not worth the bother. Yet, someone must have ultimately discovered the nutritious and delicious cashew lying within the shell.
We know people who appear to be irritating and even poisonous. We quickly learn to avoid them, but God is not like that with anyone. His love is boundless. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:7–8).
We can trust Christ with the poisonous, irritating, and deadly truth about ourselves knowing He has died for every sin we have or will ever commit. Jesus is nuts about us!
Walking with my Lord
O God, please forgive me when I am irritating to others. With the help of the Holy Spirit, may the light of Jesus Christ shine through me so others will see Him in what I say and do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 24/29 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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