March 25, 2009

March 25–Rising like the sun with the Son

I hate the idea of judgment. But it is God’s truth.

I hate the idea that there are people who are enemies of God–as I was without Jesus–and that they will perish if they remain God’s enemies. This, too, is God’s truth.

God loves every person He created. God has given His very Son to show us His love, and on Jesus, God has placed His entire judgment against and punishment for sin. For every sin. Ever committed. By everyone.

There is no need for anyone to remain God’s enemy when Jesus Christ has already perished in our place. And in Jesus we, who love God, will rise up with Him like the sun in its strength!

So may all your enemies perish, O LORD! But may those who love You be like the sun when it rises in its strength. Judges 5:31

Personal Reflections from Sylane:                                                                           Is it time for you to say , “Yes!” to the salvation that is offered freely, fully and eternally through Jesus Christ?

Is it time for you to stop being an enemy of God’s because of unforgiven sin?

Is it time for you to realize how much God loves you–and out of His love for you, assures you of the gifts of His unlimited grace and complete forgiveness because Jesus Christ has already paid your sin-price (and mine) in full?

If you do not YET have this full assurance of God’s loving forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ for yourself, please, don’t wait another day.

You don’t know if you will have another day.

I’m not trying to be melodramatic. And my big sign board proclaiming eternal judgment is out for repainting, so I’m not currently wearing it.

However, Christ’s love compels me to tell you, right now, how very much God loves you, each and every one of you, and that Jesus Christ is God’s Only Way to eternal salvation.

I am so thankful that my friend, and brother in Christ, Alvin knew that. Because just two days ago on March 23, my brother Alvin suddenly died on his way to his car. No warning. No preparation. Just gone to this earth.

I can not even begin to imagine the hole this will leave in the hearts of his beautiful wife and precious children, the rest of his family and countless others who counted Alvin as their friend.

But Alvin’s heart is secure.

It was long before the moment of Alvin’s death here on earth because he loved God! Alvin had turned from being an enemy of God long ago. He put his faith in Jesus as his Savior and enjoyed an intimate love relationship with his LORD who loves him immeasurably and for all eternity!

Yes, Alvin’s heart is secure and so is his life. In the Son of God, Alvin will rise like the sun in its strength!

Will that be true of you? And if it is–Thank our Holy Living Lord!

And, then, ask yourself : Is there someone that I love enough to share the grace and truth of Jesus Christ? That grace and truth is: That though there is judgment against God’s enemies, our Lord has loved us–by giving His own life for us–so that we may be His children and His friends.

I pray that each of you will know the joy of loving God who loves us so much that He did not spare His Son Jesus in order to secure the promise that we will rise like the sun with His Son!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane