God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
~John (I John 4:9-10 NLT)
It takes a long time to come to a moral decision about sin, but it is the great moment in my life when I do decide that just as Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world, so sin must die out in me, not be curbed or suppressed or counteracted, but crucified.
Reminders I need today. So often I live defeated. Or I live choosing the wrong simply because it’s easier or more natural or I don’t perceive that it hurts anyone…forgetting the One it wounds the most. Living in love, living in grace, living in truth, living in sacrificial service to others is all a manifestation of dying to sin and dying to self. And it’s hard. And frankly, doesn’t seem worth it at times. Good is not always (or even often) rewarded in this world. Friends don’t always see how they hurt or recognize grace. Family doesn’t always want to forgive or accept forgiveness. Spouses don’t always want to change or appreciate change in you. It’s life. And it’s messy. But what’s the alternative to living for God? Me on my own throne, in the center of my own universe only hurts others and makes me (and you if you live this way) at some point, unbearable. No one sets out to be unbearable. We all want to be loveable.
My thoughts this morning. Ramble-y and incomplete. Yes, I know.