par·a·dox

[par-uh-doks]

noun

1. a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
–from dictionary.com

The Christian life is full of paradoxes.  Consider a few of the paradoxes about believers presented in scripture:

Wicked lawbreakers, yet blessed (Psalm 32)

Crucified with Christ, yet we live (Galatians 2:20)

Lose our life, yet find it (Matthew 10:39)

Humble ourselves, yet are exalted (Matthew 23:12)

Give, yet receive in greater abundance (Luke 6:38)

Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing (2 Corinthians 6:10)

Having nothing, yet possessing everything (2 Corinthians 6:10)

Weak, yet strong (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Outwardly wasting away, yet inwardly being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16)

This reality of the Christian life is seen most clearly in Easter…when Christ dies to bring life.  Evil thought it had won, but it was actually Satan, sin, and death that were defeated by the cross.  These truths are beautifully presented in this video:

All is well,

Lisa

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