This article was originally published in Prison Fellowship®'s Inside Journal®, a quarterly newspaper printed and distributed to corrections facilities across the country.
Obedience can be a tough lesson to learn. Especially since our society upholds willfulness as a sign of strength. Willfulness can lead people to ruin, but there is Someone who is willing to forgive and forget. And He extends the offer of a better way to those who submit their will to His.
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Mat. 28:20, NIV)
In Paul's letter to the Hebrews, he tells them to "See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many" (12:15).
In 2 Corinthians 5:17, the Apostle Paul writes, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"