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You Have My Attention, Lord

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.  Psalm 119:165 KJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay. God has a sense of humor when it comes to getting my attention.

On my way to church one Sunday, a song on the radio spoke of being free and without chains. The guest speaker that morning read from John 8:31-36 about how the truth makes us free and breaks the chains. When the service was over and I got back into my car, there was another song on the radio about . . . you guessed it . . . being set free.

Free. That was my word from God for the day, but I wondered what it meant specifically.

That afternoon, my husband and I got into a heated discussion about a certain person and situation. He said, “You’re carrying an offense.”

His conclusion was the last thing I wanted to hear.  I disagreed—loudly—telling him he was wrong. I assured him my offense had been dealt with and put behind me.

Then why did I get so angry? I asked myself. Why did I lash out at the person who loves me and was only trying to help me? I wrestled with these questions the rest of the day.

The next morning when I opened my devotional book, the title of the devotion was “God Wants to Set You Free.”

Okay, God, I get it. It’s obvious we have work to do.

Taking on an offense can be so subtle we hardly realize it. Even when we think we’ve forgiven someone, it’s easy to ignore the root of bitterness embedding itself in our heart. That bitterness taunts us, raising its ugly head every time the offending person’s name is mentioned.

The Bible says Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them.

Seriously? Nothing? That’s a tall order, but I’ve learned God never instructs us to do anything He doesn’t give us the power to accomplish.

As I spent time in God’s presence, He revealed negative attitudes that needed to be dealt with. As I confessed my sin, He once again forgave me, cleansed my heart, and renewed my spirit and soul. He washed me clean and set me free from the unseen chains holding me down. I gained a different perspective—a godly perspective.

Freedom is a wonderful gift. Allow God to set you free today.

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an award-winning author and professional freelance editor. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries and was a finalist for the 2016 Editor of the Year Award at BRMCWC and the 2018 Excellence in Editing award by the Christian Editors Network. Andrea is a graduate of Christian Communicators and was a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the 2018 Selah Awards, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues, teaches workshops on writing and editing, and is the co-founder and regular contributor to www.TheWriteEditing.com, a blog designed specifically for writers. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, Praying for the Prodigal, and Marriage: Make It or Break It. Contact her at www.AndreaMerrell.com.



  1. What a treat to read how God leads someone else down His path toward healing. Thank you.