The Bishop's Daily
May 15 - Psalms 85, 86, 91, 92; Ezekiel 1:28-3:3; Hebrews 4:14-5:6; Luke 9:28-36
Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16 NRSV)
In the Baptismal Covenant (Agreement) of the Episcopal Church we have this question: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
The response that question is: I will, with God’s help.
The verses above from Hebrews assures us that the reception we will receive when we fail will be understanding and sympathy. Because of this we can approach the throne of grace with boldness and "receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (pg. 304 BCP)
So when we fail we do not run and hide from God. We "continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers." (BCP 304)
This is the confidence that we have as Christians. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.
Friday, May 15, 2015
"There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God."
I read something today that made me say, "A-ha". I hope that you enjoy it too.