a new dance

November 12, 2014

christ on cross

If you are ever in any doubt that God loves us, look at the cross. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). The cross also tells us something about the nature of God. Probably the biggest question people ask about Christianity is: How can God allow so much suffering in the world?

There are no simple answers to this difficult question but we do know this: God Himself is not aloof from suffering. He has come in the person of His Son, He suffered for us, and He now suffers alongside us. On the cross Jesus sets us an example of self-sacrificial love (1 Peter 2:21).


God came down in the person of His Son Jesus Christ and paid the penalty for us. In this way He is both “just” (in that He does not allow the guilty to go unpunished) and “the one who justifies”—Romans 3:26 (in that by taking the penalty Himself, in the person of His Son, He enables us to go free). He is both our Judge and our Savior.


When we accept Jesus as our lord and savior we become new people, not perfect, struggles don’t go away, we just are not alone any more. The missing part of our heart gets filled. Friends may fail, the church may even fail you, but never the Lord.


One of the reasons we struggle and have temptations and suffering is so we learn to turn to him. He is always faithful to help us through each trial. Learning to trust God isn’t about having your path laid out for you nice and neat; it’s about having one step shown to you. You take that one step and in order to follow God you ask him help take the next step.


The perfect will of God is never getting ahead of him.


The life of a Christian is lived in moments.


God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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