Acts 3:19

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,  that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.

What caught my attention here was the phrase, “that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”  This comes after repentance, turning to God, sins wiped out: then, times of refreshing come from the Lord.  Consider then, if we have sin in our lives, as believers, we won’t have refreshing times from the Lord.  In this sin-crazy, dark world, don’t you long for those refreshing oases with the Lord?

Acts 2: 38 & 39

Peter replied, ” Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for  the forgiveness of your sins.  And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

It would be easy to miss this truth since it comes at the end of the passage: it is the Lord Who calls.  It is the Lord Who adds to the number of those being saved.   Our responsibility is to be God’s willing vessels, to share the Good News when given the opportunity.  But, whether that person embraces salvation or not is between the individual and God.  We plant the Word of God, we sow the seeds of truth, but God is the Saviour.

Acts 1:24

Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart.  Show us which of these two you have chosen…”

There is comfort in this verse.  There is accountability, and, there is justice.  Comfort, because we know that when we fall to our knees before Him and cry out – for wisdom, for healing or for help in life – He can read our heart, though our words may be imperfect.  Accountability, because we are to be cleansed from sin before approaching the throne of grace. Justice, because He can see the heart of those who would use and abuse us, those who would be our enemies and He knows how to deal with them.

Be comforted, be careful, have confidence, for the Lord knows everyone’s heart.

Proverbs 31: 8, 9, and 20

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.  vs. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

Some have said the woman in this passage is too lofty of an ideal, impossible to imitate.  If you go back to the beginning of the chapter you will see that this is the oracle of a mother’s greatest hope for her son – the perfect woman.  This is the amazing “dream woman” .  All of us have a few of her qualities.  One of the noble characteristics of this godly wife is that she extends herself and her resources to the poor.  She is kind, faithful, hard working, respected and loved.  She knows God.  I like her.  I would like to BE  like her.  In this world we won’t find ourselves being perfect, but we can learn from  Scripture some of the best characteristics of a godly woman/wife/mother.