As with the building of the tabernacle, God’s work in our lives often seems slow, repetitive, and painstaking. We wonder why the process is so difficult at times, and whether it will ever end. But God shows us from His Word that He who began a good work in us will bring it to completion through Christ Jesus our Lord. The One who finished God’s work perfectly on the cross is both willing and able to refashion us in His likeness as we look to Him for grace.
In many places the New Testament writers exhort us to encourage one another. This is such an important spiritual discipline to develop because we are all in need of inspiring exhortations, whether it is to get us through today or help us to persevere over the long haul.
It is easy to try and serve the Lord in our own power, but we only end up doing the wrong things, in the wrong way, for the wrong reasons, and with no lasting effect. Only service that is enabled by His Holy Spirit will bring true and lasting glory to the One who set us free through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Since we all sin against one another all the time, confession and forgiveness are essential building blocks of every healthy and lasting relationship. But what constitutes a true confession? What does true forgiveness look like? Only through faith in the One who had nothing to confess and everything to forgive do we find grace to live in peace with one another through the rigors of everyday life.