There once was a man named Soul who was walking in a garden. He was whistling a real sweet tune for he was saved and had the joy of the Lord, but he was a baby Christian. As Soul was walking, a beautiful and seductive woman came out from behind a tree. Soul was very startled. He said, “Hello, I’m Soul, what is your name?”
She replied, “I am Temptation, I have what you want.”
“What do I want?” replied Soul.
“You want to do all things which are of the flesh,” said Temptation.
Soul replied, “O.K., lead me.”
So he and Temptation went off and fulfilled the desires of the flesh. When Soul returned to the garden, he met a man named Condemnation. Condemnation said, “Hey, I see you have met my friend, Temptation.”
Soul said, “Yes, who are you?”
“I am Condemnation, I come after Temptation. We work hand-in-hand.” Then Condemnation jumped on Soul’s back and began to beat him. He hit him in the face and kicked him when he was down. This went on for several days.
On about the third day, a man named Mercy came running and said, “I command you, Condemnation, to stop beating Soul.”
Condemnation snickered, “Make me.”
So Mercy unsheathed his sword and cut Condemnation in two.
As Soul watched in astonished pain, he was overtaken by the power of Mercy. Mercy walked up to Soul and said, “I have dealt with Condemnation before. He should not show up around you anymore.”
Soul replied, “How can I ever thank you?”
“Well,” replied Mercy, “I was sent here by God and He told me to introduce you to a dear friend of mine. His name is Redemption.”
Redemption walked up and said, “Hello Soul, I see that you are not doing well.”
Soul replied, “Not until Mercy came along. It is a pleasure to meet you Redemption.”
“Well”, said Redemption,” I am glad to meet you. Are you ready to accept me?”
“What do you mean?” asked Soul.
Redemption said, “Well, when you accepted Jesus and decided to walk with Him, then you chose to accept the things of Him and His love. I am a part of Jesus’ love. I help you feel forgiven. You will never have to deal with Condemnation again. Temptation may come around, but I have someone I would like for you to meet who can help you with that. His name is Grace.”
Grace walked up to Soul and said, “Hello Soul, I have been waiting for you. As a matter of fact, all three of us have been waiting to meet you. I will help you take the way out of Temptation that God gives you as it comes up. The last person we want you to meet is Faith.”
“Hi Soul, I am Faith, and I will help you stay strong and keep your beliefs strong,” said Faith.
Soul began to cry. When he began to cry Redemption said, “This is what we were here for. Jesus redeemed you, saved you by Grace through Faith and gives you his Mercy. Jesus loves you Soul.”
Soul said, “I love you, Jesus.”
— Author Unknown
Meditation: Indeed it was for my own peace That I had great bitterness; But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back. – Isaiah 38:17
You will succeed in Jesus Name!