Renewed, Restored, Reinstated.

We learn in Romans 7 and 1 John 3 that we’re in a gap between who we want to be and where we really are. I do believe we want to pursue the greater story, yet we live in that gray-space struggle where our heart and body are at crossfire. And this is exactly where God enters. This is where the Christian faith tells us about the God who was not an abstract ideal, but one who stepped into the dirt of the earth as one of us, to call us back to His greatness, and showed such solidarity with us through temptation, weariness, persecution, and abandonment. Jesus so profoundly understands what you’re going through more than you could know. He knows.

As much as I’ve been mad at myself for getting so caught up in inconsequential things, I had to remember that God wasn’t mad. He knew we would turn against Him and against each other. He sent Jesus for this very reason, to die for all the ways we’ve wandered, to beckon us home, to be restored and renewed by His breaking of death, to reinstate us back to the men and women He knows we can be.

God extends such grace, always. It is never, ever, ever too late to return to His royalty, as rightful co-heirs of Christ.

J.S. from The Christianese Dating Culture

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