My Heart Trusts in Jesus and He Helps Me
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Especially at Easter, it is vitally important to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. As people of the cross, we believe that Jesus is our Savior, strength and shield; we understand that it is possible to lay your life squarely in His loving, healing hands. We are better able to navigate the turbulent waters and spiritual typhoons that life sends our way - especially to see the best in others - with a heart of compassion, even for those people who hurt or offend us time and again.
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Trust in Jesus.
Belief in the Gospel message, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior, is the cornerstone of our Christian faith as we celebrate the Easter Season. The Bible tells us that if you proclaim with your mouth and believe that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved [Romans 10:9]. Once we do this, life is forever changed for us - inside and out - in all the best ways. In fact, we have new life and become far more able to love the difficult and unlovable in our lives and help lead souls to Jesus in need of God's grace and mercy. We can harness the good - the silver linings - in any and every circumstance and relationship, as we know and accept God's help.
"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him."
When you believe that Jesus died and rose for your sins and mine, a sort of transformation takes place in your heart and mind. You can find peace, joy and the freedom that allows you to love others and step away from occasions of sin with the understanding that Jesus carried the weight of our sins on the cross FOR us, in our place. Celebrating that fact, we are far more able to hand over to him our most dire circumstances and the broken relationships we face with sublime confidence. That knowing does not prevent us from using our freewill with disregard at times, but rather it helps us to make right our path when the occasion of sin seems to prevail in our daily lives.
Regardless of the situation, we are called to love God, ourselves and others as He intended us to as He beckons us to put aside our selfish ways and keep our eyes on Jesus for direction and discernment. We are then able to lovingly step away from those who offend us time and again. Though we are rarely free to walk away completely, stepping away for self-preservation is generally a better option when necessary because it leaves the door open. That is, we should always leave the door open for reconciliation whenever possible. In as much as we are all sinners, no one is above or below another. We are simply called to try to love each other to the best of our ability, with complete abandon and without reservation, all the while asking for God's help. But what about the person who offends us repeatedly, who lashes out at us, or shows hostility or indifference in our relationships? Well, the Bible tells us to love them anyway.
Scripture tells us that Jesus came into his ministry with a mandate for humanity: "Love one another." Truly, some people are harder to love than others, and with that said, we must try our level best to re-invite Jesus in to help us as only He can. As Easter people, we pray for God to intercede and to help us see others with compassion as He does. By so doing, we are far better able to put aside relational and situational challenges to pursue our higher calling in, and through, Jesus Christ.
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