Christian Growth, Jesus Christ, Salvation

The Sun of Righteousness

I was estranged from my creator. A deep dark stain prevented me from knowing the blessed presence of God. It was my sin. Guilt. Pride. Self-love. I knew about God, but he was somewhere else: at church; On the walls of the courthouse; In the pages of the old Bible that lay dust covered, under my grandmother’s coffee table. Oh, how I cried in my soul for my creator, but my cries were muffled.

On this Easter/Resurrection Sunday, we celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead.  (I Corinthians 15:20)

Are these just words? Is this just another holiday to us, a much needed day(s) off of work or school? What does it mean to you that he is risen? May I tell you what it means to me? It means, that He, my savior and friend, who gave his life for me, and then took it up again, with healing in his wings, can and does speak to me in the depths of my soul (and his voice is sweeter than any other sound in heaven and earth). It means that one blessed day, when I put off this body of flesh, when I see him face to face, I will be free from the curse of sin that now, seems everlasting. The daily struggle of death to self and constant striving to be heavenly minded in an earthly word will end, because he is risen. It means that I do  not have to live in the sins of my past, sin has no more dominion over me! The guilt and shame I carried for so long, is no longer mine. Jesus Christ took it on the cross, did something with it, that only God knows the workings of, and now, having taken his life back up, has become the beautiful wonderful savior of the world. He is the portion of the children of God. Oh, we have such wonderful promises given to us by the lover of our souls. And, because he lives, I live.

He became sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. What richness. What glory. 2 Corinthians 5:21


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“My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.” Psalms 84:2

I was estranged from my creator. A deep dark stain prevented me from knowing the blessed presence of God. It was my sin. Guilt. Pride. Self-love. I knew about God, but he was somewhere else: at church; On the walls of the courthouse; In the pages of the old Bible that lay dust covered, under my grandmother’s coffee table. Oh, how I cried in my soul for my creator, but my cries were muffled. Fear gripped my heart as a child because of what would be: death. But life ensued, and I found temporary solace in my mother’s comforting arms, rather than in the everlasting arms of the Savior.

Oh, eternal soul, thy Savior is calling!

The living Savior did not leave me to myself. He knew my thoughts afar off. My downsitting and my uprising (Psalm 139:2). Even when I did not like to retain God in my thoughts, I was in his thoughts. He led me, ever so gently. Until one day, it broke upon my soul, the nastiness of my own sin, and the depth of the sacrifice on Calvary. (Hebrews 12:2) It was the goodness of God that led me to repentance (Romans 2:4)It was the goodness of God that led me to the church where there was a man, filled with the Spirit of God, preaching with  the great truths found in the Bible. It was God’s goodness that drew me to  himself, where in the light of his presence, I saw what I really was: unrighteous before God. It was the goodness of God that I didn’t die in my sins, before that day.

If my God were dead, I would be dead. My quickened soul, my salvation, my love for him, would not be. But, he isn’t. He meets me in the quiet of the morning. He strengthens me as I go my way. His words are life. His countenance is health.  Oh, how I love him!

He is alive, and he lives forevermore!


“I Love Him”

From the London Hymn Book.  Stephen C. Foster (1826-1864), arranged by Daniel B. Towner, 1909
1. Gone from my heart the world and all its charms;

Gone are my sins, and all that would alarm.
Gone evermore, and by his grace I know,

the precious blood of Jesus cleanses white as snow.
Refrain: I love Him, I love him,
Because He first loved me,
And purchased my salvation
On Calv’ry’s tree.

2. Once I was lost, and way down deep in sin;
Once was a slave to passions fierce within;
Once was afraid to meet an angry God
But now my sin is washed away in Jesus’ blood.

3. Once I was bound, but now I am set free;
Once I was blind, but now the light I see;
Once I was dead, but now in Christ I live,
To tell the world around the peace that He alone can give.

Refrain: I love Him, I love him,
Because He first loved me,
And purchased my salvation
On Calv’ry’s tree.


Dear one, if you do not know the living Savior, I invite you to meet him today. He loves you. It doesn’t matter the depth or grossness of your sin. The price for you and your sin was paid on the cross, you can be made clean. You, too, can live forevermore! For more help, click here


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