The Easter season is when Christians remember the greatest sacrifice ever made. We remember how God came in the form of a man, shed his blood in eternal sacrifice for our sins, and rose in three days. Jesus was and still is the bridge to our relationship with our father. Easter usually is one of the two times a year that some Christians attend church. The other day, of course, is Christmas. For reasons unknown to me, some of us figure if we miss church on those days we just might burn in hell. Of course we know that is not the case, because our God loves us. He offers us an opportunity to have a relationship with him. We are blessed to have the living word of God at our fingertips everyday of our lives. That word is contained in the Holy Bible. It is filled with verses, parables, stories, miracles, and men and women, whom like us, were flawed beings that turned to God for the answer. When life begins to push me into a hole that seems bottomless, I turn to the Bible for comfort and direction. If I did not, I would go absolutely insane. I would like to share with you four verses that have helped me in times of difficulty. Hopefully, these verses may touch you as they have touched me.
This verse is one of my favorites. It has guided me in times of despair. I read this verse when my heart is heavy with worry. This verse was written by Paul while he was in jail. He was writing to the church in Philippi. Paul is telling these early Christians not to worry about anything, but pray about everything. Thank God for all he has done for you and tell him what you need. You will have peace beyond all understanding when you go to God with your problems and pray. Just recently there was a shake up at my job. I had a lot of uncertainty about where my career was going. However, I have prayed everyday and have asked God for answers to my situation. These answers don’t come right away, but God is able to take our worries, make them his own, and bring peace to us. He will show up in ways that you would not have expected. That is the power of God. I have begun to see my current situation turn around due to two reasons, those being diligence and God’s unfailing love for me. This verse is perfect for Easter, because Jesus came and died so we don’t have to worry about anything.
Jesus’ disciples had tried to cast out a demon and failed. They asked Jesus why. He told them that if they had faith as small as a mustard seed they could move the mountain before them. Nothing is impossible though faith. In my life I have many challenges. I could fill up a thousand pages with stories about hard times and faith. However, one trying task stands out in my mind. A few years ago my wife and I were trying to purchase our first home. We had bad credit and two bankruptcies in our past and we thought a home was just a dimly lit fantasy. However, we tried to do it. At the time we were still in the grips of a chapter 13 bankruptcy that was only two and a half years into a five year term. We learned that a person could purchase a home while in chapter thirteen if they met certain criteria for an FHA mortgage. We met all those requirements, but ran into road block after road block. We were turned down several times. Our dreams were mocked by several possible lenders but we had faith. At our lowest period and many prayers later God sent us someone that would fight for us. She stood up and demanded that we be treated fairly and be given the shot the government guaranteed us. Our faith stood strong like an old oak and we sit today in a quaint little house that we love. To exemplify how good God is, our loan was the last loan done at that mortgage company. It closed permanently just a few weeks later. God is with us always. Easter is a time for faith? I am reminded of how faithful God is every Easter holiday.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is an emotion that is quite powerful. It can change the direction of a person’s life. The purity of true love is written about in this verse. It describes how love is not boastful or proud and it keeps no record of being wronged. It continues with that love does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices in truth and is always faithful. This verse has been important in my marriage. It has helped me realize that I had to be a better husband if I wanted to keep my marriage intact. My wife and I have had our share of arguments. Our marriage was on a sandy foundation for the first few years, due to my lack of understanding of how to be a husband. The bible is filled with verses about how to treat your wife, but the one above hit home for me about five years ago, when I returned to my faith. I have read this verse several times and I have referred to it during times of difficulty. I believe this verse is stating true love can endure anything. If a marriage is just, it will prosper. If the spouses are faithful then the love will continue to bloom. Forgiveness is part of it too. I had to forgive myself for my ignorance and my wife has forgiven me. That is why there is no record of wrong in our marriage, because we have tried to forgive and move on. This is how Christ wants us to live and love. Easter is about love and families coming together to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
Easter is centered on this verse. God so loved the world that he sent his only son, so that everyone that believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. That is one of the most powerful and soul shaking verses in the bible. I have been down lately. I have been to the point of just wanting to crawl into the deepest and darkest hole I could find and just lay there in despair. That is where I have been, but when I read that verse it reminds me that trouble does not last for an eternity. God has promised everyone that believes in him eternal life with him. Sometimes I want to weep at the thought that my savior wants a relationship with me so greatly that he sent his one and only son to shed his blood for a poor broken sinner like me. That is what gets me up in the morning. The thought of him, God, wanting to save me from my sins is amazing. This verse is Easter. We remember every year on a spring Sunday that God gave his son to us so that we would not perish but have eternal life.
I hope these four verses touch you this Easter season. Have a blessed and happy holiday.