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How often we distract ourselves with our own discomfort. This attitude reflects our lacking faith.

How often we distract ourselves with our own discomfort. This attitude reflects our lacking faith.

I was privileged to have surgery last week, therefore I’ve scheduled a guest speaker this week. I asked him what his text would be for his message. He told me 2 Peter 3:9. It occurs to me that this passage is a mainstay of this ministry, that regardless who you are, what sin you’ve committed or how horrible you think you are, God has provided for your forgiveness in His Son and you can be welcomed among a body of believers.

If we lived in the first century, this philosophy would have great weight. People living in those times were severly oppressed, always fearful of their lives, constantly concerned with the tyrant who controlls the land and equally concerned about satisifying the needs of your family. These are pressures few in our society today actually realize.

In our world today it does not seem that important to people, that they can be forgiven for their sins. The reasons for this are multiple and confusing. One can ask; Is it that they do not see themselves as sinners, therefore disqualified from fellowship with the Lord – they are good people. Is it that they enjoy their sin and do not want to stop? Is it that they have an assessment of themselves that is more realistic than the average person, that they are corrupited and dispicable to God and therefore unsavalagable. Is it that people today are growing so far away from God and so much more comfortable with the world’s existance that they see little value in the things and life of godliness. The truth is that it is all these reasons and many more. Some reasons are not deeply thought out, others are more carefully considered.

Regardless the reasons though, the truth remains. Jesus died to take away the sins of the whole world (John 1:29). It is hard to face, but it is true that Jesus died to save us from all our sins. Many have nightmares concerning engagements, often they suffer from what they failed at doing that could save others. I know Jesus did everything He could to save us from our sins, to provide a place for us in Heaven. I cannot say that in my life, and many if not all those who witness to others would probably say much the same about themselves. In Christ’s service, it is often not what you did that haunts you, it is often what you did not do.

How could I have been a better witness? What could I have said to them that might bring them to Christ? Was it something I said ignoring something they said?

Jesus died for the whole world. Equally, Jesus said, “I have chosen you out of the world…” (John 15:19). It is for God to determine. Though hard for us sometimes to face that we did not fail. Take heart Christian, you will not fail. God prepares each heart for you. You just do your best.

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