“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
As small children, we are free. We love freely. We laugh hard. We fall and get back up. As life goes on, we lose our resilience. Hurt, heartache, and disappointment cause us to shrink. We hold back because this person won’t be happy for us. We fear failure and cease to take risks because of what others might say. When we fall, we question whether we have the strength to get up, or even a reason to. We shy away from anything that puts us in the spot light because we don’t want our failures exposed. People say things that make us question our worth. And, we forget the value God gave us at the beginning of creation. We play down who we are because someone else said we weren’t enough. So, we vow to never love again, never trust again, never live again.
Resurrection Sunday tells the story of a man who was mocked, spit upon, beaten, and killed. But, on that 3rd day, He defeated death and rose with all power.
The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead. If the same Holy Spirit lives in you, He will give life to your bodies in the same way. (Romans 8:11)
Though we look alive, some of us are dead. We have been beaten by life’s experiences and we have given up. We have hung our heads to die. But, just as the Holy Spirit resurrected Jesus, He will also resurrect you. The Holy Spirit is alive on the inside of all who are saved. And, in Him we can have hope that our tomorrow will be greater than your yesterday.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3)
So, today, on Resurrection Sunday, as we rejoice over our Savior who is risen, let us also rejoice that WE are risen. Jesus died so we could live a great life right here on Earth. The shame, failures, and devastating events that came to destroy us no longer have any power. The Holy Spirit has defeated all that is hindering us from becoming all we were created to be. We don’t have to shrink back. We don’t have to hide our faces in shame. Because of the Holy Spirit, we are free to live again, laugh again, and love again.
Thank you, God, for the resurrection.
In Jesus’ name.
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