God does not just want you to be strong. He wants you to be strong in Christ. When we are strong in our own power, the pressure is on us. When we are strong in Christ, the pressure is on Him. He took on the weight of the world and our sin by His death on the cross for us so we may live for Him.
The Bible says, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” What is this joy? At first glance, it almost seems flippant or trite to say, “Oh, have joy in the midst of the suffering you are going through.” But The Lord has already carried the full weight of what you are going through on the cross. He paid the price for it by shedding His own blood for our sin and the sin of those who sinned against us – the sin of the whole world!
Jesus The Christ was crucified, died, and was buried. And on the third day He rose again – resurrected from the dead! — for you! In doing so, He conquered sin, death, hell and the grave so they hold no victory. Rather, Christ holds the victory!
This great strength which He gives to us through the power of The Holy Spirit is the strength of His love. To be strong in Christ and in His love is to forgive. To be strong in Christ is to exercise self-restraint in one’s words instead of lashing out when one is angry or hurt. To be strong in Christ is to seek His love to cover over you in mercy and to give that same covering to others in their vulnerability before God and man. His strength is grace-based, based on His unmerited favor. By who He is and His great love, He has conquered sin, death, hell and the grave. Pray and ask The Lord to help you walk in His strength today.
“Be strong in The Lord and in His mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10
~ Mandy Seymour