Recently I happened to be listening to a YouTube video on C.S Lewis
To be honest, it was a little too dense for me. but one thing really caught my attention was the relativity of our sins. Jesus says “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). According to Lewis, some of us find it easier to live the christian life more than the others.
Just as people can be born rich or deaf (Obviously, these are not comparable), some people can be born with a higher disposition to sin than others. GOD sees our struggle and he certainly acknowledges our spiritual condition.
I have always struggled with my sins, but I have focused so much on my sin, because that is how the enemy attacks you. He wants you to focus on your failure, and he will whisper to you constantly…
Play characters like Dr. Faust traded his soul to avoid it. And in the novel ” The picture of Dorian Grey”, Dorian Gray tried to cheat it by having his mortality trapped in a painting. We are all afraid of death, the dark stalker, who is after us all. Because of the curse of death hovering over us, it will get us all.
Human mortality is abolututely no problem for our Savious Jesus. The one who created us in the first place can re-create us in the twinkling of an eye. His mission for coming to earth two millenia ago was to reconnect lost people with their aching Father, to undo the death sentence, and to open up a second life after the first death.
A synagogue president named Jarius had a sixt-grade daughter whome he dearly loved. Her untimely death devastated him. Jesus arrived at Jarius’ home and encountered funeral bedlam: “Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. ‘Stop wailing’, Jesus said. ‘SHe is not dead but asleep’. They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, ‘My child, get up!’ Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up” (luke 8:52-55)
Only God could call death a nap. Omly God could do something about Jairus’ daughter. Only God can give you life after death.
Soon, soon you will personally witness the son of God’s unlimited power over death as he forces graves all over the world to yield the bodies in them.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18
At first, very small children are reluctant to admit to their wrongdoings. At the heart of their reluctance is fear. But in a loving environment a transformation gradually takes place. Children become willing to admit their misdeeds because their confidence in their parents’ love for them is unwavering. When love is given and received—when love becomes the unconditional norm—it removes fear from the relationship.
The same is true in our relationship with God. John wrote, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” Fear of what? Fear of punishment, of banishment, of the end of the relationship. But such is never the case with God’s unconditional love. His love for us is not based on our good deeds but on His choice. His love is the reflection of His character. Even if we sin, God “is faithful and just to forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9). God has demonstrated His love for us in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8). We should never fear being separated from His love by anything (Romans 8:35-39).
Are you secure in God’s love? Let His love remove all fear from your heart and mind.
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
Two aspects of the spiritual life have resonated throughout biblical history and to the present day: faith and works. Different groups of Christians have emphasized one aspect more than the other at different times in Church history. But the biblical view is that they are both important. Take the dimension of faith called love. Throughout Scripture, love is validated by works.
For example, Paul’s famous words about love in 1 Corinthians 13 are all about the actions of love: patience, kindness, protection, trust, perseverance, and more. Likewise, the absence of love is revealed by the opposite of loving actions. The Bible’s most well-known verse—John 3:16—connects God’s love to God’s action: He loved us and sent His Son to provide a way to be forgiven and have eternal life. And the apostle John wrote, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world” (1 John 4:9). Jesus said that His followers’ loving actions would be the way to point the world to Him (John 13:35).
Love (faith) and actions are a divine connection. We are to be toward others as God in Christ has been toward us (Ephesians 4:32).
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
1 John 3:1a
Isaac Newton worked on it in the seventeenth century, then Albert Einstein wrote about it in the early twentieth century: time. Generally, time has three dimensions: past, present, and future. Right now you are in the present. But a few seconds from now, this moment will be in the past. There is a seamless transition at work in our lives as the present retreats to the past and gives way to the future. God exists outside of time; past, present, and future are one to Him. God sees our redemption (past), sanctification (present), and glorification (future) at the same “time.”
The Bible speaks of both God’s and man’s perspective on time. God is both eternal (Deuteronomy 33:27) and infinite (Psalm 147:5). And the apostle John speaks of our past, present, and future with God in 1 John 3:1-2. God has bestowed His love on us (past; verse 1), resulting in our being children of God (present; verse 2a). And the future is ahead of us when “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (verse 2b).
Praise Him today that His love is all-encompassing. Our past, present, and future are in His hands.