Reflections

Luke 10:27 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.
BORN AGAIN

Our God is mighty to save and three years ago today He gave me a saving faith in Jesus Christ who suffered and died for my sins. I have been born again through the blood of Jesus Christ! I have often asked myself why did God choose me, why ME. Three years ago my thoughts were not on God, I had no concern for Him. My concern was for myself, how to get what I wanted out of life, to elevate myself. So why, of all people, would God show mercy on me when He wasn’t even a passing thought in my mind? God initiated my salvation through grace; He showed me kindness that I did not deserve, not only did I not deserve it, I didn’t even want it! Romans 3:10-11 “As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.” I’m not a theology major but in my limited understanding my salvation was not about me, it’s about God and His Glory, it’s about honoring His Son. Through His awesome grace He GAVE me faith in His Son. I never would have responded in faith on my own, my heart and mind would have looked to myself not to Jesus Christ. I NEVER would have had sorrow over my sin because that sin offended God, but God in His mercy showed me the true essense of my sin, He removed the guilt so that I could see past it to the core of my heart. Three years ago today my heart was in agony over my sin against an Almighty God. I cried out for forgiveness, not because I deserved it, I knew I did not, but God caused me to cry out anyway and He answered me!

Looking back, I not only see clearly my selfish heart but I see how utterly lost I was. God has given me eyes to see and ears to hear His Gospel Truth and I can see now what I never saw before. I read something the other day that had a powerful effect on my heart “The punishment for my sin was the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.” My heart was crushed by that truth. “The punishment for my sin was the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.” For those of you who may not understand that statement, that’s like me committing murder and the judge imposing the death penalty on my child, or my husband or father. That’s what Christ did for me; that’s the amazing love that God has for His children.

My salvation is rooted in Jesus Christ. Through the blood of Jesus Christ I am forgiven and through this forgiveness I am able to go directly to my Father in prayer and I have confidence that He hears me, even the words I don’t speak but are uttered silently in the aching of my heart.

I am broken over my sin and have a great sorrow over the cost of the forgiveness that I have received. But I also have great joy because I am in constant fellowship with my Savior. I have confidence that the good work that God started in me He will finish. Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.” God will never forsake me, He is committed to the relationship that He has started with me and He loves me unconditionally. Even on the days when I don’t feel like opening my Bible, He is still with me!

These past three years have been difficult, seeing your sin is never easy but it’s truly a blessing! God loves me so much that He does not want me to stay there, He wants me to see it, repent from it and depend on Him and trust Him through my failures knowing that I am His child whom He loves as much as He loves His own Son. AS MUCH AS HE LOVES HIS OWN SON!! John 17:23 “I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” My heart is humbled by God’s perfect, powerful, unconditional love for me.

My desires, thoughts, prayers, concerns, are all different today than they were three years ago. I am a new creature in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” That’s one of my favorite versus in Scripture, I think it’s because that verse gives me so much hope, knowing that even though I am a sinner, I am no longer a slave to sin, that in Christ, I died to my sin and have been resurrected with a new life. And this gift of new life will only grow and become more and more beautiful in Christ.

Today I rejoice in my heavenly Father! I worship and praise Him, I desire to know Him more, to love Him more and to grow more and more like my Savior Jesus Christ. With absolute joy I say “My life is no longer my own” Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I life by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Tomorrow I will rejoice ,worship and praise my heavenly Father even more than I do today!

Thank You Jesus!

Yvonnie Samonte

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