Here at the Timbers, our campers have been learning about the extent of the freedom found in Christ and his unconditional love for us despite our sins.

When we make mistakes, we try to cover up what we have done. We find ways to hide. We put on masks and build up walls to only let people see what we want them to. We do this because the human response to mistakes is judgement. However, God’s response to our mistakes is love. Our God sees and knows everything about us and continues to love us unconditionally and constantly pursue us. Despite our sins and the mistakes we have made, God calls us into a relationship with Him.

Because of our sin, we are all separated from God. We try to work to get closer to Him and start to believe that we have to be perfect to get to God. But no matter how hard we try, we can never fill the gap between us and God on our own because God’s standard is perfection.

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
– 
Isaiah 64:4

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Thankfully, out of His deep love for us, God sent Jesus as the perfect sacrifice to die on the cross for our sins so that we may walk in life and freedom in Him. Through Jesus’s death and resurrection, our relationship with God is restored, and we now have eternal life with Him. The gift of eternal life is a free gift of grace, and all we have to do is accept Him through faith alone.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
– Romans 5:6-8

When we accept Christ, we take on a new identity. God doesn’t remember our sins. In His eyes, we are brand new and have the freedom to constantly start over. God chooses to not remember our sins because He forgave us on the cross. 

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
– Psalm 103:12

We no longer have to wear masks, because we are a new creation in Him. God calls us to tear down our walls and embrace the freedom and new life that we have been given through Him.

If you have never heard this Good News, we encourage you to seek to know more about what it means to have a relationship with God who created you and wants to know you! If you have heard it, we celebrate the work God has done and pray that He will continue to bring our campers closer to him. Either way, we encourage you to talk about this great love story with your camper this weekend!

Until next time,

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