But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…
John 14: 1-6
The crowd erupts as the baseball player runs across the home plate. He is safe, and his team is a point closer to winning. Having a home is an important value of most societies, and we pity those who are forced to live on the street. The ideal home is a sanctuary: a place where we are accepted, secure, and loved.
While we may struggle to find such a home in the world, this promise remains. Our faith and trust in Christ declares us “home safe,” and Jesus is preparing an eternal home for us. This promise is not just for the future, but for today. Because He has declared our worth and purchased our souls with Christ's sacrifice, we are free.
Christ overpowers the captors of rage, envy, bitterness, and fear. His love and forgiveness unlock the prison doors; and we are free to love, forgive, and comfort those around us. We can discard a life of grasping fretful fear, leaving the worry of never enough behind. As we embrace God, we embrace life-giving truth for today and joy in knowing that our future is secure. His way is the way of peace, life, and healing.
There is only one way of victory over the bitterness and rage that comes naturally to us—to will what God wills brings peace.
1 Samuel 25 - 27t.