let us argue the matter together;
state the case for your innocence."
Isaiah 43:-26 NIV
How wonderful that we have a Lord who will review our past with us and listen to our remorse at what we have done. He will listen while we state a case for why we have sinned in the past, what we have learned from it, and why we never want to sin that way again.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ listens to our hearts when they are breaking from the hurt we have caused ourselves and others, and then miracle of all miracles, He forgives us and tells us to go and sin no more.
That kind of love can only be offered by the One who has developed us in our mother's womb, and seen each and every heartbreak we have gone through. He has heard when our souls cried out for mercy, and delivered mercy when we did not deserve it.
When we give our life to Jesus, it is a good thing to remember that when we suffer, we suffer for Him, not ourselves. In the midst of trials that come with everyday living, we tend to feel sorry for ourselves for having to endure such hardships. But when I think of the way Christ suffered for me, my troubles seem small in comparison. My suffering for Christ is our way of repaying Him for His eternal grace.
I am a cancer survivor, once again battling a small tumor. I have often written that my cancer was a small sacrifice for what I received in return. I met my Savior five years ago when I was dying, in a lonely, dark, hospital room.
The doctors held little hope for me. One night I felt a warm comforting presence, and I knew right away it was God. I poured my heart and soul out to Him and asked for redemption, and we reviewed my past and talked about my sins. He not only gave my life back to me, He saved my soul as well.
Then He rained His grace down on me, and I have never known such peace in my life. Even now, in the midst of chemo for the second time, I am filled with the peace of knowing my Savior has my life in His hands.
The wonder of it all is that Jesus Christ will deliver us from our past by giving us His grace for every wrongdoing we have ever committed and then, in the end, accepting our souls into Heaven. After a lifetime of trying to live in the world, we will get to spend eternity with Him.
Glory be to God!