These words that I’m writing wont ever adequately describe the gratitude and love I have for you. I love the way David Crowder puts it in his song, Forgiven:
“I could have been six feet under
I could have been lost forever
I should be in that fire, but now there’s fire inside of me
Here I am a dead man walking
No grave’s gonna hold Gods people
All the weight of all our evil lifted away forever free
Who could believe? Who could believe?
Forgiven, forgiven, You love me even when I don’t deserve it
Forgiven, I am forgiven, Jesus Your blood makes me innocent,
So I will say goodbye to every sin, I am forgiven”
I just want to say thank you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for everything you have ever done for me, given to me, and taken away from me. Thank you for taking every single sin that I have ever committed and ever will commit, and hanging it on the cross by shedding your blood. Thank you so much, for taking the punishment for every bad thing I have ever done. You did nothing to ever deserve
what was done to you on that cross, but I deserved it all and so much more. You didn’t have to do that for me, but because You did it saved my life. I deserve to wear that crown of thorns and to be brutally beaten to death. I deserve to go to hell. But you loved me so much, that you took my place on that cross. Your blood has made me free, and there is no way I could EVER repay you. You did that so I could be saved and be in heaven with you for eternity. All I can do is say thank you, and live my life for You and only You.
Jesus, help me to always remember all that you have done for me. Help me to show the same compassion and love that You show me, to others. Help me to remember when I am hurting or upset with someone, or angry at them for something they did, that we are both human. We are both sinful creatures, and we both deserve much less than what we have. They are just like me, made from dust and inevitably we will all turn back to dust. So when I get caught in the lie that tells me they don’t deserve forgiveness, help me to remember what You did for me. This is something I struggle with on a daily basis, and You know that. You know everything, and You know more than anyone how hard it is to forgive because you forgave us all for nailing You to that cross. If You can forgive us for killing you and putting you through such a horrible and agonizing death, I can forgive someone who has done me wrong. It won’t be easy, but it is what You call me to do. That is the best way I can even come a step close to thanking you adequately.
Jesus, I love you so much. Help me everyday to give what you have given to me. Help me unconditionally love others like you have loved me. Thank you, Jesus for everything you have blessed me with.