Monday, November 10, 2008

A New Life

1 Peter 1.3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...

Recent family news, heart breaking news, has reminded me of the emptiness, the brokenness, the depravity of soul that results in living life apart from God's salvation and reign. In turn, this verse reminded me of wonderful news: we can be born again to a living hope!

Birth is the beginning of a new life. Those who are living a broken life can get born all over again, experiencing the beginning of a new life. That, my friends, is amazing! That, my friends, is good news indeed!

Oh, can you imagine? You have lived life in bondage, sorrow, sin, despair. Someone informs you that you can get a completely new life. You, your very being, can experience the beginning of a whole new life, a fresh start, a clean slate, a new day with no mistakes in it. But not only a fresh start, for who would rejoice at living existence all over again in a broken world knowing that soon your clean slate would be hopelessly dirtied again, but a new life of living hope in the resurrection! Begotten again to a living hope! Sin free!

Oh, that my family members would see and understand. Oh, my faithful, merciful God and Saviour -- open their eyes, illumine their understanding, soften their hearts. Let them rejoice with me at the wonderful provision You have made on their behalf! Let it be, Oh Lord, let it be. Amen and amen.


Blogger Linda said...

I'm the only saved one in my family.. sad to say :( So I know how you must feel about unsaved relatives.... Let's just pray that God will show himself to them one day, the way He did with us.. ;)

As for your comment.. how fun that you're of Dutch heritage too! I, myself am only half Dutch.. my dad's from Italy. I have always lived here though.. and I don't think we'll be moving anytime soon.

Maybe, one day, my husband would like to return to his homeland, which are the netherlands antilles (caribbean islands) but for now, we'll stay in cold, dark holland (yuck! *lol*)

greetings from the netherlands!

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