“And said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor.” (Act 10:31)

This almost sounds like an Old Testament Scripture. Surely our relationship with God is solely based on the forgiveness appropriated by Jesus? Yes, it is; you are quite correct. Yet just as we are forgiven in the measure we forgive others, so God sees our gifts to the poor and other acts and is moved and motivated by the evidence of a transformed heart.

When we are faithful, we are given more. We still reap what we sow even in this time of God’s grace. There are consequences for actions, and He does still test our motivations and obedience. These are not popular concepts, but I have found them to still be true.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that You listen to me as I listen and act well toward others. Amen.