Thought for the Week: Captain Valerie Morgan
Haverhill Salvation Army
Now that we are two weeks into 2015, I wonder how many of those new year resolutions are still in place. I once came across a perceptive poem about procrastinating from dieting.
The poem went through the year and each month the aspiring dieter found a reason for not beginning her diet.
In January she had boxes of chocolates from Christmas, in February more for Valentine’s day, then it was Mothers’ day, then Easter and so it went on until December when there was no point in starting dieting; she’d wait until next year.
We can all have our good intentions that don’t become reality because we keep putting off what ever it takes to fulfil those good intentions.
Sometimes we can leave something until it is too late.
The most important issue in life is to be in a right relationship with Almighty God, which is only possible through Jesus Christ.
This is more important than life and death because it determines our eternal destiny.
Many adults have vague and wishy-washy ideas about the after-life, mistakenly thinking that because they have lived a good life by their own standards they deserve a place in heaven
The Bible teaches a very different way; showing us that we are all sinners, we’ve all fallen short of God’s standards and our sinful nature prevents us from living in any way that pleases God.
The answer to this dilemma is found in Jesus who declared that He is the only way to God. He paid the penalty for our sins on the cross, He took the punishment that should have been ours and so by His blood shed on the cross we can receive both forgiveness and cleansing from sin.
The chains of sin are broken and so we are free to live a life that pleases God.
This amazing and wonderful gift from God, out of His love for us is freely offered to all who will receive it and is received by faith in Jesus, the Son of God, that He has died on the cross and risen to life and by repentance, that is being genuinely sorry for our sin and desiring to turn away from it.
There can be no better resolution that anyone can make than to accept this gift from God. Some Bible-believing churches in the town hold introductory courses and The Salvation Army is planning one for early spring to which all are welcome.