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“For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!  Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children” (2 Corinthians 12:13-14).

Here we see the thing often overlooked.  Just as Paul was coming not to be a burden, nor ask for their help, so also, God does not come to see what He can gain from us, but what He can give us.  Look to the Lord and see that He has come into our midst to offer the abundance of His love and mercy.  Be captivated by the offer before you and do not be as the world, which is always discounting love and truth.

Lord, open my eyes to see the truth and not walk away from the grace You offer.  Lead me in Your goodness to see that in You alone is all hope and glory.  Guide me in Your goodness to walk in the love You give and grow in the likeness of Christ who has come to lead the way.  Help me overcome the obstacles of this world that I may abide fully in You in hope and love.

Lord Jesus, lead the way into the life to which You call me.  Help me to see through the problems I have here and now in order to live into the life which is everlasting.  In all things Lord, help me to keep my eyes upon You as You lead me.  You have come seeking what has always been Yours.  Let me see this and gladly abide in You my Lord, Master, Savior, and King.  Amen.

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