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The rock on which I stand

Rhona Cathcart April 01, 2023 1 2
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Romans 5: 6-8 (NRSVA)

6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

I used to know someone who was forever falling out with another family member. Part of the issue in their relationship was that they refused to apologise to one another. Sadly, neither trusted that the other one would let go of the matter if they admitted any blame. It was an unhealthy dynamic and yet in some ways not an unfamiliar one. Most of us want someone to say sorry to us before we forgive them.

God, of course, encourages us to confess our sins and seek forgiveness and all this week we have been talking about how this frees us. This process is good for us and is essential for our growth and the health of our relationships.

But what is really extraordinary is that Christ, God’s pardon made flesh, died for us before we said sorry. Our faith rests on the sure and steady rock of God’s faithfulness and forgiveness. God’s patience and love can take whatever waves we throw at it.




Steadfast Lord,

It is good to know that nothing can shift the rock on which I stand

Hardship can’t do it. Sin can’t do it.

Nothing I, nor the world, can throw at it will shift your patience and love by one inch.

Christ’s blood is in this rock on which I stand.


Lent Disciplines


This week we focus on ‘patience’. Try taking some time each day to quietly spend five minutes in silence, not doing anything, just stilling yourself before God and resting. You don’t need to feel any pressure to think about anything in particular. Don’t worry if you get distracted. Gently calm your mind and, if it wanders, bring it back to the idea of quiet and silence.