Jesus Christ came into the world for one reason: to make our salvation possible. On the cross, he purchased our salvation by becoming the complete and final sacrifice for our sins, and now he offers us eternal life as a free gift.
Bitterness and anger are like deadly poisons to our souls. They harm us not only emotionally, but also spiritually and even physically. They also cut us off from others, for no one likes to be around an angry, bitter person.
Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
God loves you, and when Christ’s love invades your life, you’ll be less insistent on having your own way and more concerned about doing his will. Let John the Baptist’s words become yours: “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30).
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My doctor keeps getting after me because of my weight, but I’ve told him that my parents always enjoyed eating, and it didn’t seem to hurt them any. And anyway, isn’t good food a gift from God? Why shouldn’t we enjoy it? — K.L.