Standing with Jesus - and Each Other
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
It’s a weird and bizarre world. The weight of sin this past week has been so evident. My prayer has been that every evil and bad thing on the news might drive believers and non-believers to their knees before God, as we acknowledge Him, His love, His forgiveness, and His grace in the midst of so much terror and tragedy.
As murder and terror and floods and tragedy claim more lives, and as decent people seem all too eager to debate fault and politics, I am at a place this morning where I must simply rely on God’s Word being what Jesus says it is. As His time on earth was nearing its end, Jesus prayed to the Father about us: “Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.” [John 17:17] There is no way we deserve that kind of prayerful consideration, yet Jesus’ love and forgiveness and grace are greater than our sin. As God’s own, we are redeemed.
Did you see "America’s Got Talent" a couple of weeks ago? An interesting story of redemption was told in less than a minute, along with the song that followed. The Edgar Family (mom, dad, and daughter) sang an old Pretenders song, “I’ll Stand by You.” The explanation of why they chose this song should make every Christian sit up and pay attention. The mother said she was a Christian singer and ended up getting pregnant and being a teen mom, so she was basically kicked out of the Christian music industry. Lots of people gave up on her and life got messy. She admitted to making bad decisions, and it has taken her over a decade to get turned around again. “However,” she said, “God’s grace is bigger than anything.”
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