If I were Jesus, I would have given up on me a long time ago.
I?m slow to change. I?ve struggled with the same sins for many years, making painfully slow progress. Every day I struggle with pride and the craving for the applause of people. I?ve struggled with fear since I was young. I?m not always a compassionate person.
Jesus should have tossed me aside onto the scrap heap years ago.
But in John 6:37 Jesus makes a wonderful promise that gives hope to scrap material like me. He says:
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
Do you hear the grace and compassion ringing from those words? WHOEVER comes to Jesus will NEVER be cast out.
Your faith is weak, Jesus won?t cast you out. Your love feels cold, Jesus won?t cast you out. You?ve sinned in anger again, Jesus won?t cast you out. Jesus keeps us in His grace.
Doesn?t this motivate you to continue fighting your sin? When we sin, the temptation is to stay away from God. But these words from Jesus are an invitation to return again to the fountain of grace for fresh strength to fight our sin.
So when we sin against our children for the third time in twenty minutes, let?s come back to the one who won?t cast us out. Let?s return to Christ through prayer and through the Scriptures, and let?s ask Him for grace.
He didn?t cast us out when we first came to Him, and He won?t cast us out now.
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