A SAFE PLACE                                           1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 13:4-7

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (v6)

A young Japanese man had a problem-he was afraid of leaving his house. To avoid other people, he slept through the day and stayed up all night watching T.V. He was hikkomori or a modern-day hermit. The problem began when he stopped going to school because of poor grades.

The longer he remained apart from society, the more he felt like a social misfit. Eventually he broke off all communication with his friends and family. He was helped on his journey to recovery, though, by visiting a youth club in Tokyo known as an Ibasho – a safe place where broken people could start reintroducing themselves to society.

What if we thought of the church as an Ibasho – and far more? Without a doubt, we are a community of broken people. When the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth he described their former way of life as anti-social, harmful, and dangerous to themselves and others (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) But in Jesus they were being transformed and made whole. And Paul encouraged these rescued people to love one another, to be patient and kind, not to be jealous or proud or rude (13:4-7) The church is to be an Ibasho where all of us, no matter what struggles or brokenness we face, can know and experience God’s love. May the hurting world experience the passion of Christ from all who follow Him  (Poh Feing Chia)

PRAYER LINE: Are you in a similar situation in your life? May you experience Jesus today as you surrender to Him. Pray – Lord Jesus, I surrender to You. Come into my heart I pray.

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Only God can transform a sin-stained soul into a masterpiece of grace. (ODB)

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