the joy of salvation
"Through His blood, God made Him the Means of expiation for all who believe." —Romans 3:25
"All men have sinned" (Rm 3:23), and "the wages of sin is death" (Rm 6:23). Therefore, we all are doomed to be "deprived of the glory of God" (Rm 3:23) and to suffer death forever. However, "all men are now undeservedly justified by the gift of God, through the redemption wrought in Christ Jesus" (Rm 3:24). Jesus, through His bloody death on the cross, has freed us from sin, death, damnation, hell, slavery, self-hatred, perversion, and Satan.
Consequently, let us give our lives to Jesus and accept Him as our Savior, Lord, and God. Let us thank Him always and forever for having had mercy on us and baptizing us into His death and Resurrection (see Rm 6:3ff). Let us tell everyone that Jesus is the only One Who has saved us from sin and its dire consequences. Let us worship Jesus and sing with Mary: "My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my Savior" (Lk 1:46-47). "God indeed is my Savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the Lord, and He has been my Savior" (Is 12:2).
Prayer: Father, I decide to die to self and live for Jesus alone.
Promise: "I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in His word." —Ps 130:5
Praise: St. Teresa often sat at the feet of the eucharistic Jesus in prayer. God gifted her with the ability to hear His voice. She devoted much energy to instructing others to hear God in prayer.
Reference: (Order one of these tape series to assist you reading the Bible daily and then grow in finding joy in God. Overview of the Bible is six audio tapes starting with AV 10A-1 or three video tapes starting with V-10A. 15-minute Bible Teaching - New Testament is forty audio tapes starting with #700. An Introduction to each Book of the Bible is 32 audio tapes starting with AV 21-1 or 17 video tapes starting with V-21.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 20, 2015
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