The reason, if I needed one, why I deliberately choose to live life as a Christian is a very selfish reason. I love the benefits. I have a personal daily guide, a peaceful heart, and a fearless, hopeful future. When I look in the mirror, the reflection shows only a fully forgiven, loved, redeemed face peering back at me, encouraging me to continue to choose life and to live it in a positive and forgiving manner. I can then turn and walk through the day, knowing I will be walking in the joy of sins forgiven personally, and have the strength of “joy unspeakable and full of glory” to face any difficult, or even seemingly impossible, situation which may arise, and I can be sure something will, for just as “sure as the sparks fly upwards are the troubles of this life.” What’s more, I can meet those situations or troubles with an understanding, compassion and forgiveness which appear to be almost lost in and to our present society, as if they are just ideas of the way people used to be or ought to be, though such things, ways of behaving and being, are still abundantly available. Faith and trust in a true and living God mean I can live this life, with all it has to offer, good or bad, forgiven and forgiving.

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

(Matthew 25:40)

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do …”

(Luke 23:34)

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