Living a life of thanks to God

I Peter 2:24-25: He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds! Once you were wandering like lost sheep. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.

Jesus took matters into His own hands. He personally took upon Himself our sins on the cross. He did not pass the buck and let someone else take away our sins. He alone carried our sins. He alone was qualified to do it; He alone was pure enough to do it. Only Jesus had enough love in His heart to do it.

It was our sins that put Him there, but our sins were not enough to keep Him there. It was His love for us that nailed Him to the cross and kept Him from crying out to God to deliver Him. It was His love that kept Him on the cross until God?s perfect plan for our salvation was completed.

Sin is the cancer of the soul. Jesus enters into the heart of those who turn to Him and confess their sins before Him. He lovingly and graciously reaches into the filth of our sinful hearts and surgically removes all our sinful cancer cells. He does not miss a one of them. He heals us completely and pronounces us clean.

We become whiter than snow in God?s eyes. He casts everyone of them into the sea of His forgetfulness where they will stay forever and ever. If we confess our sins, He will forgive us and make our hearts pure before God.

Without Jesus, we are like lost sheep wandering about in life. With Jesus as our Shepherd we know the way to God. Jesus guards our souls from all that would harm us. He is never off duty. He never leaves us or forsakes us. He never tires of us and will always help us as we journey through life on our way to heaven.

Let us thank and praise Him right now. ?Lord, you are our everything - our Savior, guide, protector, lover, provider, and right standing before God. Lord, we cannot thank you enough for all you have done and are now doing in our lives. We owe You our very souls, and we thank you today for saving us and keeping us right with God. Lord, we can?t thank you enough.

May our lives today be a thanks offering unto You. In Your name we pray. Amen.?