Daily Delight

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The door’s unlocked. You step inside, smell the fresh pumpkin bread and hear the crackling fireplace. Your favorite person comes around the corner, beaming! Arms open wide. How does this make you feel? How do you respond? I would fall right into those arms and stay awhile. The embrace of a true friend is a beautiful thing.

Recently, I was spending some time with Jesus and He showed me His body on the cross. I was taken aback by His arms. They were outstretched. Open wide. As if seeing them for the first time, I was in awe. Jesus died in an open embrace. He died with a deep patience, ready to receive us. Will we sink into the arms that await us? The embrace of a true Friend is a beautiful thing.

If life with Jesus ended in an eternal hug, that alone would be extravagant. Funny enough, it doesn’t end there in His arms. It begins there! Jesus died with open arms so we could live with open doors. His death ensured everything: salvation, freedom, favor, life-and-life-abundant. Because He adores us, we can receive His love and, together, change the world. His embrace ushers us into a freedom we never knew was ours for the taking.

Take the deepest breath and let this sink in: By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us - set us right with him, make us fit for him - we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand - out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise, (Romans 5:1-2, MSG). Have you experienced the tangible love of God? Is your door wide open to His affection and His glory? What doors has He opened for you this week? 

About the Author

Kerri Nicole Ruffer≫ ≫ Kerri is an old soul with a penchant for iced coffee, neutrals, and Nashville’s stunning sunsets. Her writing comes from a creative overflow of learning to navigate life with a caring and intentional Father God. In addition to writing and pursuing creative projects, she is a ministry school graduate, entrepreneur, and former donut slinger. For more of Kerri, visit her Instagram @kerrinicoler for a caption-by-caption love story of Nashville, travel, and life with our kindest Friend and Companion.


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