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Hebrews 10:16, 17 kjv 

16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.


There is a saying out there that goes, “blood is thicker than water.”  Basically, it means family relationships trump all others.  But recently, I discovered that it is believed by some that the original saying was, “the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.”  Which actually means a blood covenant made with another party is more powerful than even your own family bonds.  There is no greater agreement or arrangement or bond than a blood covenant.  It creates a bond between two parties that is so binding that death should come to the person who breaks it.  It gives both parties an unshakable assurance and confidence.


God makes a covenant with us through the blood of Christ.  Then through the conduit of that bond, He begins to write His Laws...His Will...His Words...His Desires...His Thoughts upon our hearts and minds, many times without us even knowing it.  And then, to top it all off,  He moves and removes any and everything out of the way...just to get to you and I.  It doesn’t matter if it’s sin or iniquity or weakness.  It doesn’t matter if it’s past, present, or future.  This is the UNSTOPPABLE force of God’s Love!


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I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.   Philippians 1:3-8 NASB


There is a video online of a woman who had been in a motorcycle accident. She is sitting in the middle of the street waiting on the ambulance to arrive. As she waits, she begins to breastfeed her child.  What's amazing is as the camera scans the scene, you see that her leg is VISIBLY broken. You can clearly see that her foot and her leg are completely out of alignment. Her foot is facing the wrong direction, and in the midst of that, she is calmly breastfeeding!


In the text, Paul writes to the church at Philippi. As he writes from prison, his focus is not on how much he is suffering.  Instead, his focus and thoughts are on the church.  He says, "I have you in my heart" and "I long for you all."  He says he is "always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all." 


Like the woman with the broken leg, Paul is more focused on the needs of others rather than his own situation. He was more than a just a teacher or preacher. He was a compassionate father.  He was a loving mother, nurturing those he had birthed through the gospel of Jesus Christ. 


Sometimes we try and persuade people to come to Christ with the fear of Hell or the reward of Heaven, but there is a much better and more powerful motivator than either one of these.  It is LOVE.  Love that puts others before ourselves.  This kind of love will transform us, our communities, and our world.


Father, give me a willing and compassionate heart that will put others first for your kingdom's sake.


In Jesus Name,




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