One thing that a Christian realizes is how grateful they are for God’s mercy and grace. This happens after they put their trust in the Lord and begin confessing their sins to Him. At this point, they understand what Jesus did for them on the cross and it now means the world to them. For we were such a vial sinner until Jesus’s light came into our lives and sanctified us through His blood. He has transformed us from the inside out and renewing our spirits to His. We are no longer the same person we once were because the Lord is now in our daily lives. Truly, He has rescued us from death and hell and gave us hope for tomorrow. Paul wrote on this also and said, “and you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” (Ephesians 2:1-3)
Every person who puts their trust in God is able to do things that they were not able to do before. This is because God has come a change that only He can do has begun in us. He makes us different from within. One of the things that are given up are different addictions, bad habits, bad choices, and a sinful lifestyle. Our desires to drink to get drunk, look at pornography, have sex outside of marriage, be involved in homosexual relations, and more are extinguished. Our faith in Jesus is what does this. We are also saved, for these fruits of the Spirit are made manifest. God is so patient with us and ever so kind. That is why in heaven we have a place prepared for us. Paul also spoke on this and said, “but God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4-7) Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I worship You, my King and my God. Only through You am I any different than before. If there has been a change from within that people have noticed, You have done it all. One thing I am amazed about, even now, is how You have been able to tame the lust in my heart towards women. You know how I once was, but now even pornography is vial in my mind. I truly want nothing to do with things that will turn my heart from You. You are my everything and I pray that You can see in my heart how this is true. I am sorry for the past and what I have done in transgressing against You and Your holy commandments. Therefore, I truly hope that You have heard my cries and forgiven me as a sinner. Lord, I love it when You said You came for those who are sick and need a physician, for that was me the whole time. I didn’t realize it until what You did for me on the cross sunk in. Deep down in my soul, I am now so grateful for what You did for me, Jesus. You have come down from heaven to save a wretch like me, and many others in the dark world we live in. I love You. I give You honor and praise. Amen.