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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)

TITLE: Putting on the Flesh
By Shelley Arnett
09/13/07


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So many people. So many differences. Yet when all is said and done we are all so much alike. One of the common threads of our humanity is our emotions. We all experience love, joy, anger, sadness, fear, and confusion- just to name a few. This is the essence of life as a human in the flesh.

So many temptations. So many sins. Yes- we are all alike in this way, too. We can be taught what is right from the time we are born. We can sometimes even be forced to do what is right. We can read Godís Word. And we can still do wrong. This is the essence of being a human in the flesh.

So why does simply being human still surprise us all?

Why is it sometimes so hard to see the humanity of our enemies? Sure- they may be wrong. But they love, hurt, and are just as passionate about their beliefs as we are.

Why do we continue to think that our spiritual heroes are incapable of sin? Are they more than mere mortals as we? It does not matter if their lives are recorded in the Bible or they are the spiritual leaders of today. They have the same vulnerabilities, the same temptations, the same emotions, and the same God as you and I. Do not be surprised if and when they fall.

Are you still surprised when you fall? I have been saved more than 20 years now- and yet it seems I am still a spiritual toddler. I let go of my Fatherís hand and run in my own direction. And no matter how many times this happens, I am still surprised when I fall. I must come running Ė bruised and ashamed- back to my Father.

And there is one more aspect of humanity that is most surprising of all. His name is Jesus.


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Jan Ackerson 09/16/07
Interesting devotional.

I'd have liked to see this be a bit more focused...either on when our heroes fall, or on when we fall. And your last statement, about Jesus being a surprise, could definitely be expanded. If I were a non-Christian reading this, I'd definitely want to know more about that, and about what the title means.