Monday, April 28, 2014
I'm mad at sin.
I'm mad at what sin does to people.
I'm mad at what it does to families, to friends, to churches, to communities.
I'm mad at what sin has done to this world.
I'm mad at what sin has done to me.
Because of sin we have distrust, destruction, disgust, divorce, disease, and death.
Because of sin we have pain, we have loss, we have grief.
Sin separates us from love.
It takes us away from those we love.
Sin brings suffering, sadness, and sorrow.
I hate sin.
And I'm mad.
BUT then I am reminded that...
Sin doesn't win!
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. John 3:16 (Amplified Bible)
Love brings hope.
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] John 16:33 (Amplified Bible)
Love brings life.
Jesus told him, “I am the Way—yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me. John 14:6
Love brings joy.
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5
Love brings peace.
Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Love brings a future.
Don’t get lost in despair; believe in God, and keep on believing in Me. My Father’s home is designed to accommodate all of you. If there were not room for everyone, I would have told you that. I am going to make arrangements for your arrival. I will be there to greet you personally and welcome you home, where we will be together. John 14:1-3 (The Voice)
I'm still mad at sin.
But I'm thankful for LOVE.
I'm thankful for GOD.
I'm thankful for HOPE.
I'm thankful for a FUTURE.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that. Jeremiah 29:11 (The Voice)
And I am most thankful for an ETERNAL FUTURE where there is no sin!
He will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All of that has gone forever.” Revelation 21:4 (The Living Bible)