Jesus Christ lived on this earth for 33 years and gave up his life to die on Calvary’s tree to redeem us from the penalty of sin, which is eternity in hell (1 Peter 2:24). Now, because of Christ’s sacrifice for us, we are acceptable to God and have peace with God (Romans 5:1). Jesus also provided us with God’s grace, so that we can stand through our trials and rejoice in the hope of living in the glory of the Lord (Romans 5:2).
If we suffer according to God’s will, we can follow Jesus’ example and entrust our soul to our faithful God (1 Peter 4:19). If we are called according to God’s purpose and live a life in love with Him, we are blessed beyond our wildest dreams (Romans 8:28). He gives us His faith to believe for things we cannot even see (Hebrews 11:1).
While we live on this earth, we gain courage as we walk in faith (2 Corinthians 5:6-7). We forget the past and look forward to the future as we walk in holiness and relish, by faith, the fact that we will attain the rewards, which God has in store for us through Jesus (Isaiah 43:18; Philippians 3:13-14). We function in the power of Christ in us to move mountains as we live by His faith (Mark 11:23).
God’s love allows us to carry on through everything, which comes our way, to believe in His Word and to hope in His enduring promises (1 Corinthians 13:7). God dwells with us. We are His children and He is our God. He wipes away our tears and gives us joy instead of mourning. He redeems our past and gives us a thriving life on this earth and a future with Him in eternity (Revelation 21:3-4).
Father God, we try to avoid suffering at all costs, even though we live in a broken world full of tattered and trodden people. We fear death and tremble at the thought of our life being reduced to a pile of ashes. Remind us of the privilege You give us to live as Your child. Please call those we love to come to a life of advantage and blessings right along with us. Help us to sacrifice our life for others as Jesus did for us.
Thought for the Day:
Put the past behind you and live in Christ’s redemption now and always.