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When life goes sideways...

October 18, 2015

God has created us, loves us too much to let sin defeat us, waits for us to repent and confess our sin, redeems us through Jesus Christ, powers us with His spirit and desires an intimate relationship with us. When something tragic happens to us, we may be inclined to say, "Why is God hurting us? What have we done to God that He would punish us?

 

                                                              Think about those questions...

 

                            What kind of theology is it that poses these kinds of questions?

 

If God has created us, loves us too much to let sin defeat us, waits for us to repent and confess our sin, redeems us through Jesus Christ, powers us with His spirit and desires an intimate relationship with us, why would God blatantly do things to us to make us hurt and suffer?

 

My theology is formed upon the Holy Bible which includes some of these nuggets of truth:

        *God created (Genesis 1:1, NIV)

        *God is love (1 John 4:8b, NIV)

        *God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (John 3:16a, NIV)

        *God is just (2 Thessalonians 1:6a, NIV)

        *....He (God) is patient with you...(2 Peter 3:9, NIV)

        *God is good (Psalm 73:1, NIV)

 

I believe justice and mercy of God hold me accountable for sin but also provide me a way to get rid of the curse of my sin. When your life seems to be going sideways, check out the following:

 

        “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and

        learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is

        easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV)

 

Life goes sideways due to the fallen (sin-filled) world in which we live. God uses all things (even our sufferings) to bring spiritual maturity to us. Take heart dear friends; the God who embodies love would not tomorrow decide to skewer you just for fun.

       

        "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God

        through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in

        which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also

        rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance,

        character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured

        out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." (Romans 5:1-5, NIV)

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