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posted Mar 24, 2020, 8:26 AM by Jacob Boer

Q. But doesn’t God do us an injustice by requiring in his law what we are unable to do?

A. No, God created human beings with the ability to keep the law. They, however, provoked by the devil, in willful disobedience, robbed themselves and all their descendants of these gifts.

 

Yesterday we looked at what our only comfort in life is, it’s Jesus. The catechism then moves straight into telling us that we are sinners. Sometimes it’s easy to try and blame God, saying things like, “Well God made me this way, so it must be good.” We normally say things like that only after someone confronts us about our attitudes or behaviour. I’ve got a really bad temper, one that I’ve worked hard to control, but it’s still always there. I used to think that that’s just who I am and people needed to accept me for who I am if they really cared about me.

One day my grandfather took me aside and told me something that has stuck with me since, he said, “You can be angry and bitter, or you can approach life with gratitude and joy, your choice. You can change, find someone you admire and who lives well with others and imitate him or her. Over time you will begin to look more like that person.” I decided that day to imitate my grandfather, a kind gentle man who loved others and showed it in all kinds of ways.

God loves us, even though we sin. He sent Jesus, not just to die on the cross for us, but to also show us how to live well with each other and God. God also sends people in our lives that show us how to live well, people like my grandfather, who imitated Jesus as best he could.

Who are you imitating, who has touched your life and changed it and helped you learn how to live well? Please share, it will be a tribute to them and an encouragement to each other. May the Lord bless you all today.

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