April reminds us of God’s grace


April brings the abundance of life as flowers grow, trees bloom and chirping birds provide melody to the sunrise.

These sights and sounds are a subtle reminder of how precious our lives are. Tomorrow is not promised. There is an old saying, get all you can today, for tomorrow may not come. While there is some truth to that statement, there is a large void in that statement. The focus relies on self. I do not know about each of you, but the times I have tried to rely on myself the outcome resulted in disaster. Life is too precious to focus on selfish ambitions. The question then becomes, whom should we focus on?

April brings the Christian celebration of Easter, a celebration of Christ’s resurrection. The imagery of children at an Easter egg hunt looking for a gift is symbolic. There is a gift inside the Easter egg.

The book of Romans teaches that Christ loved everyone so much he willingly died for anyone who believes in him (Romans 5:8; Romans 10:9). With that belief comes eternal life, as a free gift, only made by, and through Christ (Romans 6:23; John 14:6). Focusing on matters of eternity gives a proper perspective of the sanctity of life.

In our humanity, we make mistakes and fall short of achieving the golden rule. I think often times we forget that Christ came to earth and died for us that we may enjoy life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). Death is certain and unavoidable.

Yet, most of us wake up every morning taking for granted that tomorrow will come and life will go on. May we be forever reminded that tomorrow is not given. Life is too precious to hold animosity toward others. There is freedom in forgiveness. Forgiveness is often a difficult emotion to let go of because holding onto it gives us something to use as a control tool over the offender we hold responsible. Fortunately, Christ provides a pathway to forgiveness at the Cross of Calvary. I am so thankful that Christ does not hold onto every act I have wronged against him. He sends believers grace in place of his wrath. Grace. An acrostic for grace is, God’s Riches At Christ Expense. What a glorious reminder that his unfailing grace is available to all who believe.

With Easter approaching, may something new happen this year. Churches in Person County will likely be full with members and guests. Some of those guests are looking to fill a void. May this Easter be the first time the void is filled for the last time by accepting God’s grace and his eternal free gift.

Have a blessed weekend.

Editor’s note: Roxboro Chief of Police David Hess and the Courier have partnered to print a monthly Chief’s Column. The Chief’s Column will be printed in the Courier the first Saturday of each month. Personians can submit questions to the chief to be answered in the next edition and the chief will provide updates on community policing initiatives, safety awareness and other happenings in the city.


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