GARMENTS

The floods in Pakistan have left many people without belongings and homes, families have been separated, and many killed. So much of the country has been devastated. We wonder how we would cope if such a disaster or calamity was to happen in the UK.

Natural disasters cause us to think and ponder what would be important to us in such a situation. What do we value? This can also lead us to think in a wider spiritual sense what does God value? What is our value to God?

In the Bible, the book of Genesis tells that we are made in “the image of God” (Genesis1:26) but we know we are not perfect, we are like a pot with a fault, or a crack, we are marred. The Bible tells us this in the book of Romans - “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). So how does God see us?

The prophet Isaiah wrote in God’s word about the future of the nation of Israel: “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall exalt my God for He has clothed me with garments of salvation. He has covered me with a robe of righteousness……” (Isaiah 61:10)

As Christians these words can apply to us, as we have been delivered from the darkness of sin. We have been given the garment of salvation and we are clothed in righteousness and are right living before God.

This salvation is through Jesus. He died to pay for our sins, the price for the wrong and nasty things we have done, He gave us salvation and righteousness. This is what God sees in us.

The goodness of Jesus in you - think of that!!

God touched our spiritual soul and we responded, we confessed our need of forgiveness, because Jesus died at Calvary.

From then on Jesus not only lives in us and with us but God clothes us in a robe of righteousness.

There will still be difficulties and sufferings on the Christian way sometimes caused by ourselves, but we have an encouragement in this Bible verse how Gods sees us - in a robe of righteousness.

As the hymn writer Martyn Lazell wrote in “You Chose the Cross”:

 

I’m lost in wonder

I’m lost in love

I’m lost in praise for evermore

Because of Jesus’ unfailing love

I am forgiven

I am restored 

Chris Baines

 

 

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