Unconditional Love

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God’s grace is free…so that what we receive we can freely give.

(Listen to my song “Shall We Sing” by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 10:7

“As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

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Jesus was clearly not preaching a message of how to safely be evacuated to a future heaven.

Your life is not about a “personal salvation project” as Thomas Merton would have called it. That would make it all about me somehow earning a future reward by what I do…or by what I say I believe…and not about any transformational journey.

It would miss my responsibility for loving and caring for my neighbor (and God and myself) in the here and now.

Jesus told his followers that the number one priority was to love God and your neighbor as yourself. He instructed them to preach that ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand’ when you are healing and helping others return to wholeness.

The kingdom of heaven would then be “at hand.”

Jesus does not say “will someday be at hand if you’re good!

How have we missed this for so long?

And this kingdom is given to us “without cost”…meaning it’s a free gift from God!

Each of us is called to use our gifts and talents to make the here and now a more loving, merciful, forgiving and compassionate place. When we love God and our neighbor as ourselves with all our hearts…the kingdom of heaven is at hand!

How are you being called to use your gifts and talents so that God’s kingdom can truly come?

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Listen to the song of the song of the day “Shall We Sing” by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs by clicking HERE.

CD’s available for purchase at BillTonnisMusic.com by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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