When I am down on myself it is always comforting to say: “Jesus is Lord!”
As we are told in the Scriptures, nobody can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit. If we truly believe that Jesus is Lord–if we can say these words and really mean it, we know that God’s Spirit is working in us.
In difficult times it also comforts me to call out to God from my heart: “Father!”
We are told in the Scriptures that when through the Spirit we cry out ‘Father!’ in a spirit of filial love, the Spirit of God bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. And if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
For no matter what sins or weaknesses we carry, we who are baptized into Christ carry about the death of Christ in our mortal bodies, so that through the forgiveness of those same sins we have the hope of eternal life, and the hope of sharing the strength and power of the Crucified Lord–by His Love shining forth from our weakness. Those who are in Christ have no good reason to be afraid.