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Reflecting on the past

Much of our life is less than perfect. We’ve all made plenty of mistakes and I wonder if it brings you down.

Maybe it’s broken relationships, cultivated addictions or false ideologies that plague your past.

Do you live up to the moral standard? How does your track record fare?

To the outsider, the verdict is that you are a failure – a sinner, unworthy of a place in His kingdom.

And of the insider? Still an unworthy, sinful failure – but one whose track record has been replaced by Jesus’ own life.

What more would give us full assurance of God’s love? You and I; we are His now. Forever.

Earned by nothing of our own as we ran the wrong way and despised Him.

Earned by the Lord of Lords, taking our place in death by sin.

His bloody journey, a king turned to a servant as He washes our feet.

A triumphant victory, the Prince of Peace shining the light of life on our despair.

And now? We look ahead, for what matters is the next step forward, and the step after that.

With Paul we press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.

With Solomon we trust in the Lord with all our hearts, and lean not on our own understanding.

With Matthew we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

With David we walk through the valley with no fear of evil, for He is with us.

With Isaiah we fear not, for He is with us, we do not dismay, for He is our God.

With an army of believers we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith.

 

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not resent his rebuke,
because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
    as a father the son he delights in.

Blessed are those who find wisdom,
    those who gain understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver
    and yields better returns than gold.

– Proverbs 3:11-14.

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