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Help Me To Live, Jesus

O, Judas Iscariot, it doesn’t need to be you,
To choose to betray Jesus by the temptation of worldly gain.
Your regret tells your sorrow of sin,
Your shame tells your conscience of guilt.
I wonder if Jesus chose you to be one of His disciples,
Not meant to trap you to fall,
But give you a chance to be saved.

O, Judas Iscariot, it doesn’t need to be you,
To kill yourself by the condemnation of the devil.
Look at your companion, Simon Peter.
He was in shame and guilt of denying Jesus for three times,
But why could he come to repent instead of regret?
Because Jesus prayed for him (Luke 22:32).
I wonder if Jesus prayed for you?
I believe Jesus did because He is the God of compassion.

O, Judas Iscariot, it doesn’t need to be you.
Jesus said that “woe to you who betrays the Son of Man!
It would be better for you if you had not been born (Matthew 26:24).
Was He mourning for you, who should not have been here to taste the bitterness of regret?
Has your Creator ever expected you to bear this shame of betrayal when you were created?
Wasn’t your mother joyful to greet you when you were born and rest in her arms?
I believe that Jesus still loves you till the end of your earthly life,
Nevertheless the devil deceived you to act upon the evil of killing yourself.

Even though your free will was allowed to make the wrong choice to intend to harm Jesus,
but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done to save many lives (Genesis 50:20).

O Judas, what if you chose to cry out to Jesus for help while you were drowning in the ocean of shame and guilt,
The Holy Spirit must honor your choice and raise His hand to drag you out of mire of distress,
So that you could be empowered to come to repent to the resurrected Jesus,
Who must be willing to wash you clean from within through and through,

Then, you would live and see His miraculous transformation on your heart through your belief:
God is good to forgive and love all sinners,
And delight in you as His holy child (Zephaniah 3:17),
When you are willing to drop your sorrow and open your heart to be comforted.
You shall be reborn by the power of the Holy Spirit:
The old has gone, the new creation has begun (2 Corinthians 5:17).

O, dear friend, if you feel despair in yourself like Judas Iscariot,
I pray for you to chose to be comforted by Jesus’ love and give yourself another chance,
Just continue to cry out, “Jesus Christ, help me and save me,”
For Jesus is kindly waiting for you to come to Him for salvation (Psalm 86:5-6).

O, dear friend, if you feel weak to leap by faith into Jesus Christ’s mighty arm,
I pray for you to be strengthened by Jesus’ promise to cast all your cares on Him,
For He promises to care for you (1 Peter 5:7).
The following has finished and assured:
Jesus’ death on the cross has replaced your hopelessness,
And Jesus, who has been resurrection out of the tomb,
Will revive your spirit to soar like an eagle again.
Jesus will lead you in the triumphal parade to His throne,
As His co-heir, royal priest and holy people, sitting besides Father God of eternity.

Today is the Day!
Choose to live, not die,
To proclaim what the Lord has done (Psalm 118:17).

About Manling Chen

Manling was born and grew up in Taiwan. She came with her husband and 2-year-old son to New York, NY, at age 30 to fulfill her dream of studying in the graduate school. She received a black belt in Taekwendo at age 40 and has been applying the Bible truth and discipline learned in the martial art to fight in her faith as a spiritual warrior. She works with God to write and is currently a freelance reporter for a national Chinese newspaper and writer based in Minnesota. Much of her writing is in the areas of spiritual learning, Bible study, parenting, education, Sunday school, opinions, interviews, and people's stories, etc.

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2 comments

  1. Powerful and beautifully written and expressed.
    God Bless~

  2. Let this be a purposeful example for all to see the consequences of this life that was wasted by bad choices. A man who was called out and blessed to participate in the words and ministry of God in the flesh.
    Yet his eyes were on earthly gains and he played both sides of the spiritual spectrum for his own profit.
    Yes Jesus lovingly gave him fair warning by which Judas could have reconsidered his plans but Jesus knew the outcome and let it be known that He would be betrayed by someone present at the last supper He would have with them on earth.
    Imagine Jesus still washed the feet of this man also which could have caused him shame and gave him a reason to turn his heart around. How hardened his heart is seen here instead.
    Judas did not take heed but lusted after the money instead and even conspired with the priest to be part of the action to see to it that Jesus would be arrested.
    He made the choice afterwards to go and return the money but he didn’t seek the Lord. That was an eternal mistake on his part and what a horrible decision that was.
    May this be fair warning for those who have yet to believe in Christ’s work on the cross for them. This is the crux that divides where you spend eternity.

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