Quiet Time with Jesus – Softly And Tenderly

Saturday, 13 May 2017

What is a death sentence and what is a life sentence? They are both punishment by law, are they not? What about sickness? A terminal illness is a death sentence and a chronic illness is a life sentence. In both situations, the person suffers.

God commanded Adam, saying, 

Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
— Genesis 2:16-17

God has spoken and it will come to pass. But by grace, God has offered forgiveness through Jesus Christ: 

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
— 1 John 1:9

The past is not denied but it is healed.

Robert M Solomon: The festering boils of the past become healed scars by the grace of God. We are free to look at time and life gone by with humility and gratitude.

Jesus is inviting us, 

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
— Matthew 11:28-30

If you hear His voice, do not harden your heart…

When Jesus asked the man by the pool if he wanted to get well, the man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” The man was there (with an infirmity) for 38 years. His mind was ‘conditioned’ with only one thought, “If only a man would come to help me into the pool.” Yet, Jesus said, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” (John 5:8)

One Sunday in the year 2001, I saw Jesus standing with His right hand stretched out towards us… in the school hall of ACSJ at Pek Hay Road. The worship leader was singing, “… Calling for you and for me; See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching; Watching for you and for me; Come home, come home; You who are weary, come home; Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling; Calling, O sinner, come home…”

If you hear His voice, do not harden your heart...

Shalom

Lam Yee Ling