We all are crying out for this pandemic to be over soon. Our hearts are grieved with the news that we hear everyday of families going hungry, people fighting on social media, loved ones being taken away, and frontliners dying while fighting this battle.
Let us continue to cry out to God everyday because He alone can save us.
In whatever situation, may it be of victory and difficulty, we are implored to give glory and praise to God. In the midst of these trying times, God is still seated on His throne and is Sovereign over all. He will remain faithful and true to His Word. We can always run to Him and find refuge in Him.
There is no sin too dark nor too big that God can’t forgive and cleanse us from. There is hope for all of us who have sinned. We can come to Him in humility and acknowledge all our sins because He will neither judge nor condemn us. As we put our trust on what Jesus Christ did on the Cross, we can receive forgiveness from sin and be reconciled with the Father so that we may experience how it is to truly live.
Salvation is by grace through faith and not by our own good works.
“Man’s religion is about what man can do for God. Christianity is about what God has done for man.”
The beauty of the gospel is that what Jesus Christ has done on the cross is already enough to save us from our sins and give us the wonderful gift of eternal life. It is already finished! Being good is not a requirement, but it is the overflow of a heart that’s grateful for receiving salvation and victory in all areas of our life.
It’s easy to love the people who think and act like you and those who are kind and good to you. But what about those who hurt and offend you?
Loving others is seen in repaying evil with good and extending forgiveness to those who hurt us. This is only made possible when we experience the acceptance and unconditional love of God that while we were still His enemies, Jesus Christ died for us. We don’t deserve anything, but because of His grace and mercy, He is showering us with His love so that we can love others from all walks of life.
Abiding in the love of God is our response to the love that we don’t deserve, yet He has lavishly given us, when He sent His one and only Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins so that we may have a fruitful life. And this love that fills us everyday is made evident as it overflows to an extension of His love to the people around us.
“There may be times when we need to return to our place of failure in order to restore our posture of faith.”
Often times, we feel disappointed and frustrated when we experience failures repeatedly. Our quick response is to quit or give up. But, there are times when God allows us to experience adversity so that we may be reminded to hope in Him again, to continue to believe for breakthroughs and to have a fresh encounter with the One who holds everything in the palm of His hands.
“We enter into God’s rest when we trust Him with our past sins, present circumstances, and future hope.”
Real rest can only be found in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father, when we fully rely on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross; when we trust that He has given us the free gift of salvation and the opportunity to start anew; and when we believe that He continually carries us in whatever season we are facing and will be facing in the days, months, and years to come.
“Our grasp of the amazingness of grace is directly proportional to the desire we have to express and demonstrate our thankfulness for it.”
Realizing that we don’t deserve anything good, yet because of God’s amazing love and grace we have been forgiven of our sins, given the gift of eternal life and blessed with an abundant life; may we show our gratitude by extending the same generosity in the way we love and give of ourselves to others.