Sometimes we make Jesus and Grace and Sin sound lofty and confusing. The fact of the matter is that I don’t do anything the way I intend; I don’t say the loving words I should, I don’t hug the crying people who need it, and I honestly don’t have the energy or the intention to most days. I need help.
I live in a world created by a loving God, who gave me a choice as to whether I choose to love Him and enter into a relationship with Him. I mean, my parents are always my parents, but they can’t help me out or teach me anything unless I talk to them or actually value what they have to say. God is the same way with me. Sin is the stuff that’s not what’s the best for me or the people around me. God wants to make my life easier by telling me where to go and by giving me the strength to do so. God is perfect, which means He is also perfectly fair. He knows what we all owe for what we do wrong and he can’t play favorites by not being perfectly just. But when he sent his son, Jesus, it was so that he could do what I cannot by living a perfect life, even with temptation. Then when he died on the cross Jesus took my place voluntarily, showing perfect love through perfect sacrifice. He paid the price for everything I’ve ever done wrong so that God maintained his perfectly fair, just character while offering me perfect grace,- a goodness I don’t deserve.
His love gets me up in the morning, gets me through my day, and gives me the strength I need for the times I never thought I’d make it through. It’s the most important message you’ll ever hear, the most important relationship you’ll ever be a part of. Ask me, ask a friend, ask a pastor, but don’t waste time any more. There’s no reason not to, and a million reasons why you should.