Every once in a while, it’s good to review important truths we want to remember. In September 2014, I wrote an article on my previous blog responding to questions about truth. As I updated it to republish here, I realized how much these truths are a part of my life.
The first question was, What truth do you need to remember? The other questions seemed to fit under the umbrella of this first one.
The first thing that came to my mind when I thought of truth was that Jesus is the truth.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; No one comes to the Father but through me.” John 14:6
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
SOME IMPORTANT TRUTHS I WANT TO REMEMBER
- Jesus is the only way to the Father.
- We know the Father through Jesus.
- Jesus became flesh and lived among us as one of us, yet without sin.
- He was a baby and experienced all the growing pains from childhood to adulthood.
- He was hurt. He was happy, and He was sad.
- Jesus was fully God while being fully man.
- He died, rose again, and now intercedes for us before the Father.
- Jesus satisfied the penalty for sin by suffering in my place, in our place.
Through His death and resurrection, Jesus completed His task on earth. He was then restored to His glory in heaven. Yet, He did not leave us alone but sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us to help us while we still live on this earth.
Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience. In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:25-27
TRUTHS THAT RESONATE, CAPTIVATE AND RESTORE
The truths that resonate and captivate are that Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Creator, and my Savior. He loved me enough to die in my place. He loved me before I knew Him. Christ has set me free, making me a beloved daughter of the Most High God.
Such love is incomprehensible and humbling as I realize I don’t deserve it. The good news is that His love is not based on me or my actions. I could not have earned His love or the salvation He gives. It is all because of His mercy and love.
In response, how could I not love and praise Him when I think of all He’s done for me? Yet, I am only human, and I do sin. Sometimes my words and actions don’t please God and don’t demonstrate my love for Him. Thankfully, I don’t have to despair when I have failed. God provided a way to restore me to a right relationship with Him.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9
The truth that restores is that even though I sin, God forgives me because I am counted blameless in Christ. It’s like He gives me a new slate every day to begin again. My sins don’t define me. When I confess and am forgiven, they are gone. I am free to continue learning and growing, becoming the person He has called me to be.
TRUTH THAT BOLSTERS
Truth that bolsters is that the Holy Spirit lives in me. He strengthens me and gives me the grace to handle daily challenges.
God has been faithful to me, even in grief and sickness. His Word has been a great comfort as it strengthens my faith. Sometimes friends encourage me when I need a boost. God holds me in the palm of His hand, and I will never slip through His fingers.
My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s handJohn 10:27-29
Knowing I am His gives me the confidence to step out, try new things, and follow where He leads, even if no one else understands. Various forms of creativity give me comfort and enjoyment. Though not an expert, I enjoy painting, making collages, writing poetry, crocheting, writing and sharing photos on my blog. When others tell me my work encourages them, I am also encouraged.
What are some truths that you hold dear and want to remember?
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