Pursue peace with everyone and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14, NRSV)
God’s reassurance refreshes and restores, filling heavy hearts with hope, “Oh how serene and joyful, how deeply comforted is the person who is desperately sad, or desperately sorry, whose heart is broken, because God has profound comfort for that person.”
Thank You, O Lord, for preparing a banquet of righteousness for those who come to you longing to be filled.
Citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven are not surprised when the forces of darkness oppose the light and life of the Gospel.
The Kingdom of Heaven is now within every person who has placed their faith in Jesus, and in whom God abides.
In her praise of God, Mary extended the Lord’s kindness to all those who would fear God, who would worship the Lord in all humility.
Paul described meekness has having the same mind as Christ, looking to the interests of those around us, and in humility regarding others as going before us in importance.
Mary had towering faith in the power, provision, and promise of Almighty God. This was a time to rejoice and sing praise.
Mary received Gabriel’s message with humble, willing faith in God, and indeed, she was among the first to see God in the flesh.
How often must Mary have sung her Magnificat to her tiny son, as His lullaby? How often did she remind Him of Who His Father truly was, and Who He truly was? Now as a grown man, the Lord fulfilled the destiny His mother had lovingly and faithfully raised Him up in.