“Do not be discouraged. You…[may] not have the power to relieve yourself of sorrow or grief or pain. But Our Lord did [have that power] on the Cross. He could have turned the crown of thorns into a garland of rosebuds…He was tempted to shorten His agony, as those at the foot of the Cross taunted [Him]…But He did not come down. It is human to come down, but it is divine to hang there.”
Our Grounds for Hope, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Jesus suffered and died to restore the relationship between God and man for us, a relationship sin in its many forms had fractured . His sacrifice bought our freedom from sin. We can throw those shackles down.
But believing ourselves included in Jesus’ work on the cross can be a special challenge for the victims of abuse. Often, we mistakenly take on the abuser’s guilt – feeling “unworthy” of Salvation, as if we had somehow brought on the molestation or “deserved” the abuse.
Many of us are prone to workaholism. We strive past the point of exhaustion, in the belief our best efforts would not suffice. It never occurs to us that Salvation might not be dependent on our efforts, but rather Christ’s.
“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned…much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5: 17).
There is no qualification standard for Salvation in Christ. He meets us where we are, even if we are broken and lost. It was for the broken and lost He came.
Originally posted 2/16/14
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