True peace comes and washes guilt away completely when we realize that God never tires of forgiving us. Being absorbed in Christ is trusting in His beauty, His righteousness, His approval.
Faith means trusting God’s wisdom in our lives and resting in the knowledge that there is more to life than we can possibly know, more to circumstances than we can possibly realize, more to our present moment than we can possibly appreciate.
In Christ, we receive the full riches of complete understanding. That gives us peace. In the meantime, we appreciate that the Lord shackles our dreams, aspirations, prayers until that appointed time when the Word proves them good, right, and true.
Modeling Christ powerfully reveals itself in how we respond to difficult circumstances in life — bearing pain without complaint, enduring insult without retaliation, suffering shame without bitterness. Instead of enduring pain, we can embrace it.
God provides suffering as one who presents a gift. It is a way of allowing us to live up to the truth we have already attained in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:16) It is only then we discover that in our weakness, God’s strength is perfected. In tears, God molds character, perseverance, and hope. For these reasons, we “press on to take hold of that for which Christ took hold of me.” (Phil 3:12)
– Thoughts and prayers by Lori Malnes -
Because we live in this world of sin, we hear so much about the tragedies and trials going on in people’s lives on the news, from our neighbors, from our co-workers, on the sidelines of playing fields.
I have been blessed with knowing Jesus my whole life – and I cannot imagine a life without a relationship with Him. I wonder, though, how people deal with the challenges and heartbreaks that occur in their lives when they don’t have God as their rock – God who gives hope – God who gives comfort? What do they cling to? What do they stand on?
Doesn’t that make the need to share Jesus, to tell others about our great God, all the more urgent and important?
I know I cannot shove God down people’s throats, even though I know their lives would have that sure footing, that peace that goes beyond any circumstance. But I can be daily conscious of the opportunities to share Him with my words, actions, and life. I live in this world of sin as a foreigner – heaven is my home – and I want to be a part of making heaven home to others, too!!
1 Thessalonians 1:5
Our good news didn’t come to you only in words. It came with power. It came with the Holy Spirit’s help.
Dear wonderful Spirit, You make the Word powerful. It is You who works in the hearts of people. Thank You for the power You bring through Your Word. Thank You for the opportunities to share You and Your truths with others. Thank You for being my Rock and my Hope! Use me to make heaven the home for others in my life – Thank You!! Amen.”