Monday, June 13, 2016

Pain and Truth

There's a lot of hurt in this world. Whether that be because of a disease, like cystic fibrosis, or because of evil, like gunmen who kill innocent civilians, or from our own sins, like selfishness, jealousy, or lashing out in uncontrollable anger, we live in a very broken, fragmented world. This isn't how this world was meant to be. This is not what God intended originally. After the fall, sin and pain and struggle entered this world. However,  God promises that, through accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will live in eternity with Him in absolute paradise. But until then, we experience grief and hardships. As I reflect on how much pain is in this world, my heart turns to God for comfort and peace. I came across this song today, and I thought I would share it with all of you. The lyrics give me power in my weakness and hope in the darkness. Let these words cover you in truth and hope.

"In Christ alone"

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand

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