Have you ever tried a soap sandwich? If so, it was probably when you were little after you said some words you weren't supposed to say. It seems logical that your parents would want to clean out your mouth after saying words like that. Right? Well, that is a punishment that does motivate you to not want to say that particular thing again, but there are some words far dirtier than the words that had us eating soap. They are dirty because they deeply hurt many people. Prepare yourself for some dirty words.

Romans 8:35-37 says, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: 'For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.' No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." This is an amazing passage. Paul gives a laundry list of the worst things life can throw at us, but he says we'll come out winners.

Here are some dirty words: cancer, divorce, fired, bankrupt, alone, death. Maybe you'd want to add other dirty words. They are dirty because of the way they hurt us or someone we love. They comprise our greatest fears. They are icebergs that can sink even the most Titanic people, but Paul says Jesus makes the difference. He says through Christ we can be more than a conqueror.

The test of the worth of what you are living for is this: Does it hold you together when everything collapses? How can you handle these dirty words of life? You say, "I'm not sure I could." Well, you can because God increases His grace as the demands increase. He gives cancer-grace for cancer, divorce-grace for dealing with a broken family, and bankruptcy-grace for financial problems. You've probably seen it for yourself when a widow stands by her husband's casket comforting you, saying, "Jesus is enough," a couple faces their five-year-old daughter's death from leukemia, or a man loses his business almost overnight.

Paul says in Romans 8:32, "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" He met your greatest need at the cross. What need can He not meet? This is an inseparable relationship. When you face one of life's dirty words, you can answer back, "You can't touch Jesus. You can't touch my relationship with Him."

            

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