"Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name (Did we not have the right numbers?), and in Your name drive out
demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. (You never understood the combination to get you in the door!) Away from me, you evildoers!'"
26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
"But He said to me, "My GRACE is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." . Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. . That is.
why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in
persecutions, in difficulties. .."
"I recently stumbled across a sermon from a Methodist Church in Reno, NV. In it, the speaker attempted to answer the age old question,
'Why do good things happen to bad people?'
in a way that I had never heard before and I think it is relevant to my message today. I think that, in some ways, you could substitute hopelessness for pain in this quote, but here goes. 'As we live through times of pain and sorrow, we begin to realize why bad things happen to good people. It takes PAIN and GRACE in our lives to be most fully human.
- A person who has experienced only pain WITHOUT GRACE becomes bitter.
- Likewise a person who has lived knowing ONLY GRACE without any pain cannot have compassion.
It takes both PAIN and GRACE to be fully human, to be able to reach out to others who suffer. It takes GRACE and PAIN to be truly thankful.'”
Thank you, Jesus, for allowing Steve, Dan, and Jonathan to all have thoughts for us to meditate on today..
- “There are places in the heart that do not yet exist; suffering has to enter in for them to come to be.” Leon Bloy