Let Mercy Change Your Life

Romans 5:6-8 ESV
"6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

When I read this verse I am greatly encouraged. I look at my weakness and my guilt and realize that in spite of it all, Jesus Christ died for mankind to open a pathway to God. I look at the depth of my depravity; past sins that loom over the ballast of life on earth and the life to come. I see my weakness; a constant battle against the howling winds of habitual sin and the torrent seas in which they all reside. How can anyone be saved? We are so weak and guilty. Ah, but there is a way. Paul said that the law was meant to reveal the power of sin. The law arouses sinful passions (Romans 7:5). The law is the ruler that shows that we do not measure up to God's Holy standard. There is One who does measure up. His name is Jesus Christ. A sacrifice was necessary to atone for the sins of God's children, and the Old Testament system was a foreshadow of that one atoning sacrifice (Hebrews). The unblemished Lamb of God absorbed the judgment of the Father by being crucified on a cross. Three days later He rose from the dead. Then, not long after, He ascended into heaven. You see, you can decide to rest under the law that condemns you, or you can reside under the death and resurrection of Jesus whose yoke is easy, and whose burden is light (Matthew 11:30). Yet, only He can give you life. If you believe with all of your heart that Jesus did all of this, and are willing to lay down your life for God. If you ask forgiveness for your sins, and repent (turn away) of your sins, you will find grace through your faith which is a gift (Ephesians 2:8-10). Then evidence of this great work of God by the changing of your heart will bear fruit unto righteousness (Matthew 3:8/ 7:12-27/ James 2:14-26). The old man will begin to die and the new man will begin to live (Romans 6:1-14/ Colossians 3:9-10). There will be battles (Ephesians 6:12/ Philippians 3:3/ James 1:1-18). Some won and some lost. A true believer may commit a sin, but does not continue in it (1 John 3:1-10). So, if you have continued in sin, are you ready to change course? If you are just learning of your sin and the destruction it is bringing to your life, are you ready to live for something that matters? I hope that you will. The Mercy of Jesus will change your life if you believe. I will close with a passage of Scripture.

Colossians 1:15-23 ESV
"15 He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister."



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