SPRING FORTH NOW 2023
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
I Peter 2:21-25
Both the terms Shepherd and Bishop refer to the position of overseer. An overseer's responsibility is to provide guidance, direction, and protection to their flock, and one who is a good Shepherd and Bishop love their flock. Christ, our Good Shepherd, is given unto you and me as a gift because God Loved us, not because of our perfection but simply because He Loved. It is the love of God that gives us access, no matter what, even if that means rerouting us in order for us to arrive at His intent for our life and life more abundantly. Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf because of the outpouring of God’s love to and for us, so do not give up on yourself, whether the pressure is a result of guilt, shame, or the acts of evil that come against you. You have been made more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ, our overseer; the manifestation of God who Loved and loves us right into His designation of our Most Favored Status.