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New Life daily devotion - Apr. 15, 2011

  • 2011 Apr 15

Reality Can Hurt
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.   1 John 1:7-8

Discomfort, pain, conflict, spiritual warfare—these are aspects of reality in a fallen world.  Healthy faith recognizes them as biblical realities.  Healthy faith has you look to Christ for help when you’re in the midst of them.

Having a healthy faith certainly doesn’t mean you’ll always like reality, or that you should become complacent or indifferent to the darker side of life.  But it does mean you’ll recognize the way things are.  You’ll be able to admit you’ve failed, that you’re a sinner, and you’re stumbling along the way.  But you can choose to walk in the light, and enjoy the companionship of family, friends and Jesus Christ himself.

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. . .”
-Winston Churchill (1874-1965)