Who we are

The Philippine Star - - OPINION -

You are . . . God’s special pos­ses­sion, that you may de­clare the praises of him who called you out of dark­ness into his won­der­ful light.

— 1 Peter 2:9 In her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Cor­rie ten Boom de­scribed her and her sis­ter Bet­sie’s hor­rific time in a Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp in the early 1940s. On one oc­ca­sion they were forced to take off their clothes dur­ing an in­spec­tion. Cor­rie stood in line feel­ing de­filed and for­saken. Sud­denly, she re­mem­bered that Je­sus had hung naked on the cross. Struck with won­der and wor­ship, Cor­rie whis­pered to her sis­ter, “Bet­sie, they took His clothes too.” Bet­sie gasped and said, “Oh, Cor­rie, . . . and I never thanked Him.”

It is easy for us to live thank­lessly in a world that is full of trou­ble, strug­gles, and woes. On any given day we can find many rea­sons to com­plain. How­ever, Psalm 100 ex­horts God’s peo­ple to be glad, joy­ful, and thank­ful for “it is he who made us, and we are his; we are his peo­ple, the sheep of his pas­ture” (v. 3). As we re­mem­ber who we are, we can re­spond in thanks­giv­ing. For even in the worst of times, we can re­mem­ber Christ’s love and sac­ri­fice for us.

Don’t let the bru­tal­ity of the world take away your thank­ful heart. Re­mem­ber you are God’s child, and He has shown you His good­ness and mercy through His work on the cross.

— Al­bert Lee

I thank You, Lord, that though my heart can grow cold at times, when I re­mem­ber that I am Yours and You are mine, I’m en­cour­aged yet again. Thank You for Your love for me, for Your mercy, and Your sac­ri­fice. READ: Psalm 100 Praise comes nat­u­rally when you count your bless­ings. Bi­ble in a Year: Ezekiel 1-2 and He­brews 11:1-19

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