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Even in Death There is Resurrection Life

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Even in Death There is Resurrection Life

The payment for sin is death, but the gift that God freely gives is everlasting life found in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23 GW).

Sin brings death—sometimes it’s not physical death, but the loss of a reputation, the end of a marriage, or the devastation of a family. Sin brings the end of the line. It’s a road to self-destruction.

Don’t be ashamed of having desires, but determine by the power of the Holy Spirit you can rule over your desires. Perhaps you’d say, But I feel bad about my desires. Jesus understands. As your High Priest, he sympathizes with you. He desires to redeem your life.

He’ll restore your peace if you’ll humble yourself and fall before the mercy of God. It doesn’t mean you won’t go to jail. You may still pay for the failure, but I’ll pray He’ll give you grace while you are there.

Try to see God’s perspective through the eyes of a loving parent. You have a child who has disappointed you, hurt your heart and angered you. You look at that child, broken and repentant. Your heart fills with love. You believe he will learn. You pray he grows up and will not repeat those patterns. Still, with that hope we discipline that child and forgive him.

Your Heavenly Father’s discipline is motivated by His desire to bring you love and life.

For more on this topic, listen to the podcast http://www.lakeviewchurch.org/2015/09/20/four-stages-that-may-lead-to-catastrophic-failure/

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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