Sep 15th 2021 · Day 258
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Well-being life coaches do a great job. Talking with a couple recently, I could see they were concerned by the epidemic of stress and mental health in today’s world. They were sincere in their love for people and held a desire to make a difference. I learned about the importance of connecting with others, being physically active, finding purpose, handling finances well, living with generosity and being mindful of the depressive thoughts and feelings that can overwhelm.
But while we can be positive and try to help others in all sorts of ways, there is only one solution to the real issue… the sin condition of the human heart!
Isaiah 53:4-5 tells us: ‘Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities, upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.’
God foretells that this Saviour will die for the greatest need of humankind – as an atonement for their sin. The cross provides much more than an escape from eternal judgement. Isaiah writes that Jesus suffered in His death and here tells us why He suffered… to bear our griefs and sorrows and for our peace and healing.
The gospel is an act of God’s love and grace; Jesus’ sacrifice offered forgiveness, freedom from guilt and shame, to give life now and life everlasting. There is one condition: to accept Him as Lord and Saviour!
Our spiritual health and well-being is more than trying to find contentment and inner peace. It is acknowledging, every day, our need for Jesus.
Pause and reflect: Will you consider today those who are suffering and lost? Will you trust the Holy Spirit to lead you to share the gospel of Jesus? He is our only hope!
Sherard is married to April and together they have a passion for Jesus, family and the local church. They enjoy time with their children and grandchildren and love living their lives in local church gathered community. As well as being a senior leader at Victory Church Sherard also helps coordinate Victory Circles across the life of the community.
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