Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Why Do You Follow Jesus?

He loved me when I felt the most unlovable. Romans 5:6–8 opened up my eyes to the depth of God's love for me.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6–8 NIV)

God saw everything going on in our lives, and He chose us anyway. He saw all the sin, hate, anger, and greed, and He decided to save us anyway!

He NEVER gets angry at me, even when I mess up A LOT. Isaiah 54:9–10 showed me this.

"To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:9–10 NIV)

I used to think I was never going to be good enough, that I would never measure up. I thought that no matter what I did, God would always be angry with me. Instead, He says He will never be angry with me again. Then He goes further and says His love for us is unfailing! I love that!

He chose me to be holy and blameless in His sight. This is so awesome, you guys! I used to be weighed down with the thoughts of my sins. They ate at me until I thought I would crack under the pressure. I thought there was no way I would ever be able to escape how gross and disgusting I thought those sins made me. Then I read Ephesians 1 and found this verse:

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (Ephesians 1:4 NIV)

He had already chosen us. He had already made the decision that no matter what happened and what we did, this is how He was going to see us. Every day He has chosen to see us as holy and blameless.

He forgave ALL my sins AND forgot them. Hebrews 8:12 really shined light into my life when I realized how real this verse was and how it related to my life.

"For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." (Hebrews 8:12 NIV)

I had always believed my sins were forgiven, but I didn't think they were forgotten. I thought they defined who I was. I thought they were what Jesus saw when He looked down on me. Instead, He looks down on me and doesn't see any of my sins. They were all covered by His blood. He forgave them all and forgot them all. I have never seen a love like this before!

These are just a few of the reasons why I chose to follow Jesus. He takes care of me, He loves me unconditionally, and He is always there for me. I was never completely happy without Him. Now even when I am sad, I have unrelenting joy.

For those of you reading this who are still unsure about Jesus and have questions and want to know more, please leave a comment, and I can share more with you.

Please leave a comment about why you follow Jesus. I love to hear about you and your stories!

I pray that each of you would go out and share the good news with everyone. I pray that you would be bold. I also pray that you would love others in the same way that Jesus loves you!

Have a wonderful day!

Love, Kathleen :)

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