“I think if Jesus had one shot at fixing us, he’d tell us how much he loves us. That’s what Zacchaeus experienced. And Matthew. And the woman caught in adultery. And countless other disreputable sinners.
Jesus loves us right now as we are. He isn’t standing aloof, yelling at us to climb out of our pits and clean ourselves up so we can be worthy of him. He is wading waist-deep into the muck of life, weeping with the broken, rescuing the lost, and healing the sick.
Don’t get me wrong-of course sin is bad. Sin hurts us and it hurts others. But the Bible is clear: we are going to sin. Sooner or later, willpower and education and good manners just won’t be enough. We’ll screw up. So if our hope is in sheer moral fortitude, we are-to put it scientifically-toast.
Jesus sees out sin more clearly than anyone, yet he loves us more than anyone. He’s not going to write us off because we had an abortion or are addicted to prescription meds or look at naked people online. Yes, he’s grieved by the sin . It’s destroying us, and he hates that. But our badness does not change for an instant the overpowering love of God for us. If anything, it makes him that much more determined to rescue us. He will never give up on us, no matter how much we run from him.
No sinner is irreparable or irredeemable. No sin is so great that the blood of Jesus cannot cover it. His love is so deep and wide that he can, in one moment of our faith, forgive our past, present, and future sins. Sin is simply not a problem for God”
Quote from the book “Jesus Is____. – Judah Smith
[1st Corinthians 6:18-20]
“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
Love this, so heartbreaking
Judah Smith Sermon Jam
Sermon Jam based on an excerpt from Matt Chandler’s sermon on Repentance.
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
Romans 7:15 (NIV)
Often times I struggle with doing the right thing or making the right choice. It is so easy to get into today’s mess and what we want instead of what we actually need to do. It is so easy to do something and then later ending up regretting it and all the time knowing that you knew what was right but at the time it simply didn’t fit what we wanted or maybe it would put off our happiness. I often wish I was one of those people who could find the good in everything and every single situation knowing that God has the control of every outcome. I hate being the negative person that stays pessimistic all the time and gets to be known as the “debbie downer” or the “negative nancy”. I love watching the people that aren’t ashamed in their faith and God is the corner stone in their life, and I wish I was like them. It gets tiring to drag along like you can do everything on your own without God. I want to be one of those people that can be steadfast in Christ and not ashamed, because it feels impossible to do things on your own even when you leave God only in portions of your life.