Written by Jose Encarnacion (Alex),Youth Leader, Brooklyn, NY, USA
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
- Romans 5:8-10
Many times when we make a mistake and fail God, we tend to stay away from him. We feel so bad about ourselves and failing God, that we do not want to have anything to do with Him. We don't pray, don't want to read the Bible, sometimes we don't want to go to church, much less talk to our friends. Ironically, we act as a patient who just visits their doctor when they feel well, not when they really need it the most, when they're sick. But what we forget is that God loves the sinner, and what He really hates is the sin in us. In other words what God wants to do is remove the sin in us and mold us in His image and likeness. Remember, if He died for us when we were buried in a life of sin, to reconcile us with the father, what more wouldn't He do now, to keep us in His ways as we were already reconciled.The Bible says that Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us daily. God knows we are weak, but also tells us that we are strong in Christ.
Today Lord I confess my weakness, I'm weak and need your help. I ask that you may give me the strength to get up and keep fighting. Give me faith to keep believing in You despite the circumstances. Help me to never look away from Christ and not ever lose focus. Amen.
Today I will run and do the things that are good for me.
Today I will break the ice and do the things I did not feel like doing before.