God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16; KJV).
associate this scripture with Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, paying the
penalty for our sins. But it is also important to remember that Jesus came to
this earth born of a woman under the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). He
is not a distant deity that cannot identify with our earthly, fleshly,
struggles. He surrendered his deity to become a man on earth with flesh and
blood just like us (Heb 2:14). The word says he had to made like us so that he
could minister to us in our earthly state (Heb 2:17). He was tempted in every
way but without sin (Heb 2:18; Heb 4:15). To minister on this earth, he had to
be filled with Holy Spirit, just like us (Luke 3:22).
it encouraging that Jesus knows what we go though in our lives; He knows our
struggles, God is quick to forgive (1 John 1:9) and is always there to help. He
calls us to be holy, godly and perfect as God is perfect (1 Peter 1:16; 1 Tim 6:11;
Matt 5:48). This may seem a tall order to keep. However, he gave us his word to
guide and enable us and the power of the Holy Spirit to reveal his word to us
and to achieve that perfection (John 14:26). He never left us alone, he is
always with us and in us and nothing will ever separate us from his love (Rom
8:39). Remember, not even Paul the apostle claimed perfection (Phil 3:12); it
is a process of growth that we will still be involved in to the day we depart
this earth. Be encouraged today, we can do all things though Christ who
strengthens us (Phil 4:13).
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