Take Heart

“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”  – Romans 6:2

At one of our girls’ Varsity basketball games, the fans joined the team in wearing red shirts that read:

“You must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Although the shirts referred to heart disease, I imagined the apostle Paul saying:

“You must be sick and tired of being chained to sin!”

As my family went cross country skiing last weekend, the Lord reminded me:

“If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins … who could stand?”    -Psalm 130:3

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With the snow reflecting the sun’s brightness, He also reminded me:

 “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”  – Isaiah 1:18

Because God alone is without sin, He alone can help us with our sin. God is not only holy, but also a gentleman. He never forces Himself in relationship with anyone. He does, however, long to forgive and comfort instead of punish us as our sins deserve (Romans 6:23). I am so thankful He is quick to forgive (1 John 1:9).

I used to be a mess (Romans 7), but now I am complete in Christ because of His perfect work.

Christ removed sin, which barred us from God’s presence and fellowship. We are justified, no longer guilty, when we accept His sacrifice through faith. God justifies―“just as if I never sinned”―through His Son’s blood shed on the cross. And, when Christ returns, He will make His children perfect (Philippians 1:6; Colossians 2:9-10; Hebrews 10:14). Now that’s reason to shout, “hallelujah!”

I love Big Daddy Weave’s song, Redeemed. You can view it on YouTube at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ4jOX6f_1s.

Thanks for journeying with me.

God Bless,

K.D.

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