This past week has been rough, as I mentioned in the previous post. "Ironically" our pastor preached on how hard it is to believe the gospel and have hope when we're feeling down, discouraged, or depressed. And yet it's the time we most need to remember ... or need friends to remind us.
So I emailed I friend yesterday and told her to lay some gospel truth on me. Here it is, (without any permission from her to copy and paste.)
YOU are despicable :), depraved and dead..... muahahaha..... and then He died on the cross for all that YUCK. He took it upon Himself.... upon that cross and then BANISHED it! It's gone, dude. Totally gone.
Do you have friends like this? Reach out to one you trust when you're down and you might just get an email like this.
My heart sank at despicable but soared at It's gone, dude.
I emailed another friend in my out-cry for prayer, and she shot me this lyric:
The love of Christ is rich and free, fixed on his own, eternally.
We all need friends like this.
I wonder if I'm bold enough to be a friend like this. How we need gospel truth when all we can see is our failure and our sin!
God is at work.
I'm not what I should be, but also not what I used to be either.
Same goes for you, reader!
Let us worship the Lord with gladness, even in our struggles to repent and believe THE GOOD NEWS. In fact, maybe even more so in those difficult times....