July 17, 2013
:-) "Experience the unconditional love of God". :-) I love that phrase. Synonyms for experience are: encounter, know, endure, suffer... Walking a life of faith is going to present us with opportunities for each of these; opportunities to encounter (to meet with), opportunities to know (to be acquainted with; to understand), opportunities to endure (to continue to exist), and opportunities to suffer (to undergo, or feel pain or distress); all so that we can become more like Christ. I love that one day we shall be like Him, and we shall see Him as He is... and we shall be LIKE Him!. “ Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). We will endure hardships, see pain, feel pain, be completely confused as to what is going on and why things happen, but we must keep pressing on in the faith. Life is dismal without Christ. “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12: 1-2). Lord, I am guilty of not trusting You at times, please forgive me and help me to press on in You. I desire to live for you, to honor and glorify You with my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.