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January 25, 2023 | Daily Devotionals | January 25

Leaking Jesus

The good man brings good things of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him” Matthew 12:35

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but babies leak. They also desire close proximity. At times this is a lethal combination for any parent, aunt, brother or sister who happens to be holding one when they — hmm, how can I put this delicately? You know, leak.  What’s inside comes out and on to those who are unfortunately in the hot zone. Smells, drools and foods, and don’t forget those numbers one and two. I think God designed it this way to show us exactly how big his love is for us and how it works. His precious wonderful creations that made messes.  Out of his love he cleans up and cleans up until we grow up.

In life, what’s inside will eventually come out, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. We do our best to prevent spills and leaks. Diapers, Tupperware and window caulking all prevent undesirable seepages of stuff into the protected spaces of our lives. But, when it comes to our character — that stuff inside that guides critical decision making — there are no controls to stop the leaks. And frequently we leak onto others.

Signals and stimuli inevitably trigger a flood of your character, which spills into your everyday interactions. These spills have a shaping influence on those around us.

The big question is, what kind of character am I leaking?

Thank you for the character that you are building in me. You know the exact tools that will do the job.


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