Of David.1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
"Even when we’re wayward, God gives time and help for us to turn back to Him."
"We can be encouraged that throughout our lives the Lord will give us the grace, mercy, and peace we need to live for Him."
These two quotes are from Our Daily Bread dated 7/20/2010.
Even when the horizon looks gray, beyond that view are surprises to be seen. "Keeping the faith" is sometimes hard to do but with each sustained hope, the rewards given by the Father and his son Jesus are innumerable. Maybe I am wrong on this one because I am still learning and, of course, will always be, but the Holy Spirit is the bearer or presenter of these gifts, given out by the grace of our Father and His "only begotten Son."
The more I learn about Him and the more I remain faithful, the more gifts are poured out on me. I don't do this for the gifts. I do it to be truly happy and because someday I want to be truly with the Lord. Don't get me wrong, I know the He is with me now on this earthly plane. Sometimes I get sick of fighting the earthly evils I encounter every day. But true happiness, contentment only comes from know the Lord and letting other people know about His salvation and grace through acts of love. We MUST follow in His footsteps and sometimes this can be hard to do while living on this planet.
That is when I have to remember that Jesus died for our sins, all of mankind's sins, past, present and future. He humbled Himself and was tortured and mocked, beaten, spit on and kept on going. even though his physical body was in complete pain. He had nails driven into His wrists and endured all of our pain through His pain, so He would know what it was like to be human in pain. HE WAS FAITHFUL to his Father's wishes and committed the ultimate act by sacrificing Himself so that we may know the real meaning of FREEDOM given ONLY by and through His Father, the one and ONLY creator of the universe. What other human man would have done this for us ???