We have all known pain. Whether physical, emotional or spiritual, painful experiences can lead us to new accomplishments, new understanding and new insights…if we choose to let it.
New beginnings are the gift of painful endings.
In sports the “no pain-no gain” slogan is often heard. Pushed-to-the-limit practices, grueling training sessions and giving up of vacation time for team conditioning can be a PAINFUL RESOLVE. It's an investment made in pursuit of a league championship, a state tournament, a desired meet, or a place on the team.
Our salvation and eternal destiny depends upon Christ’s PAINFUL RESOLVE. Although we love, nurture, manage, organize, teach and serve others, none of these things can wipe away our sin. It was on a cross of pain and suffering that Christ remained resolved to accomplish the task before him that the price was paid for our sin. This ultimate sacrifice offers us…
A new beginning for our sins of the past – forgiveness!
A new beginning for our present shortcomings – grace!
A new beginning for our future perfection – hope!
Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. Romans 6:6-9 The Message
PRAYER: Dear Father, it is your son’s PAINFUL RESOLVE that brought you to me. Thank you for sending your only son to walk this earth and die on that cross for my sins. Your soft whisper saying, “I love you even more than you loved your sin*,” causes my otherwise painful endings to become new beginnings. I celebrate your son’s death and resurrection that provides me with new beginnings and promises me eternal life with you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
RESOLVE #4: CHRIST’S PAIN IS MY GAIN!
*quote from Dave Egner
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