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The question so much of the time for me is: Does it really need to be this hard? Why does life have to be such a battle? Why can’t life be easier? I love Jesus and my joy has grown immensely since I met Him over 15 years ago, but still, life is hard. I deserve better! I deserve more good than struggle! My life is very blessed and yet I can battle these questions watching others deal with immensely difficult external and internal evil and pain. I have also grieved and felt the sting of death. But I can still feel like I deserve an easier and less painful life, or at least desire it so much so for others. Am I being too honest here? A major idol for me is comfort. Why can’t my life be all leisure and as much reading time and film viewing and nice slow meals with my wife and play time with my kids without feeling tired? This is so what my flesh screams for and thinks I deserve above anything and anyone else. Many of my struggles in my home flow out of this. But the other night, I saw the below video clip and it crushed me. Apart from Jesus, what do I deserve? Hell. Our depravity is deeper than we can imagine. Simply ignoring and watering it down and being passive and calling it someone else’s problem makes me feel like I deserve to be utterly crushed and obliterated by God. How can this be happening? How? Be aware, the video below is extremely graphic.

Don’t waste my time with arguments that this is fake. Take it up with them. It’s real. It’s happening. It’s been happening for a long time now. How do I deal with this? What is a proper response? How do you think God feels about this? He doesn’t see some short 3 minute clip, He sees it all and has seen it all. As my wife told me after watching this, how does God restrain Himself from stepping in and giving us all what we deserve? His restraint towards me is truly amazing.

None is righteous, no, not one;    no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”

“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”

“Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10-18 ESV)

Only by the Blood of Jesus.

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