I’m kind of sad that this is our final Valentine’ season post, but I’m also honored to have had the opportunity to be here with you daily these past 10 days. I hope they've encouraged and challenged you as they did me while I was writting them. (Yeah, you're never too old to learn new stuff) In case you missed any posts in the series, just go here to see them all, and if you have no idea what we're talking about, get a quick summary.
For those of you who have been with me for some of the last ten days, this part will be a review: Like most M-W’s, you were probably way aware of Valentine’s Day last week, and you probably either loved the cards, the candy, the frills – or you couldn't wait for the thing to be over because it made you so painfully aware of who DOESN’T like you! One being DOES like you. He loves you, in fact. He’s just waiting for YOU to fall in love with HIM. Why would you? In ten different posts, each one giving you a peek at a feature from the FaithGirlz Bible, we’ve given you a Reason To Fall In Love With JESUS.
(NEW!) Here’s the tenth one.
Reason #10: Because Jesus returned after a horrible death to show us that we can have a new life too – with him. The death of Jesus and his rising from the dead to life again is a hard thing to understand because it never happened before and it hasn’t happened since. What’s even harder to get is why? What was that all about? There are a number of reasons, and the one I want to focus on is simply that Jesus wanted to show us that new life is possible. That no matter what we’ve done in the past, what we’ve believed, who else we followed, just by believing in who he is – the way to God – and following him we can leave all of that behind and be new – and we can do it every time we backslide. It’s a new life and a free life. You don’t have to worry about having “stuff.” You don’t have to stress because not everybody likes you. You don’t have to prove yourself. All you have to do is believe you’re taken care of and obey what Jesus shows you along the way of your life. It’s simple, yes, but not easy. That’s why you have the Bible. That’s why you have older people who love you enough to teach you about Jesus. That’s why you pray. And that’s why you pay attention, because Jesus is showing up all over the place. It’s a new life. Let’s celebrate!
Here's a question for you to ponder -- and you can answer it in a comment if you want to: What one part of your life would you like to see be new? Your relationship with your siblings or your parents or your BFF? Your attitude about school? Something embarrassing that happened that you can't seem to let go of? Even if you don't tell us about it, tell our Lord. Keep telling him Keep asking for guidance. Then see what happens
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