Saturday, February 7, 2009

Chains of the Past

As Christians we are adopted into the family of God. When I worked for the state we always made a point of letting pre-adoptive families know that you can dis-inherit your own kids, disown them, whatever, but you can not do that with an adopted child. When the child is adopted they are given a new birth certificate, with new parents, and a new identitiy.

II Cor. 5:17 states that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

If Christ makes all things new, why do we so readily keep people tied to the chains of the past. Not only to thier own past, but we tie them to the sins of thier family for numbers of generations. We need to let go of the past and acknowledge the new creature when someone accepts Christ. We need to focus on thier new identity, instead of the old.

When we become Christians, we take on a new identity, a new certificate is issued that covers our past sins - it is covered in the blood Jesus shed on Calvary, our Father is God and He will never forsake us.

Love Never Fails

I am often disappointed by people, especially by those I love and care about. I was pondering the happenings with one of the clients I am working with, and how she is not doing what she needs to. How she is failing her family. As I was driving down the road, and I started thinking about the things that are failing in our society. The economy, the government, marriages, families, laws, schools, businesses - the thought came to me from Gods word as a gentle reminder "Love Never Fails." (I Cor. 13:8)

So many times I set out to help people attain what they need to attain, or what I think they need to attain. I think when they do this, when they do that - we will be better, they will be better, things will be okay. But Jesus, he loved people right where they were. He set a standard for the people around him, but he loved them despite of what they were.

If we want people to succeed, we need to love people where they are. We need to set a standard before them with our life. We need to love them to Jesus. The reason that we love - is because Love never fails. Love never fails because God is Love (I John 4:8) and God never fails.