Enter the ring! Third round

The third piece of news that will help you in the fight is that your enemy has already been defeated. You are redeemed – God washed away your sins with His blood. He did the same for those you are now fighting for. He took all the blows that the opponent wants to give you. He paid for this fight – but not as it happens when someone “fixes a match”. He let His hands and feet be pierced by nails. And before that He was scourged so that you would never doubt that He would protect you in every moment of your life, He would not run away and He would not give up the fight for you. So why do you give up so often? When boredom and discouragement beat against your heart, run away from yourself and hide in My heart – said Jesus to St. Faustina – Do not fear struggle; courage itself often intimidates temptations, and they dare not attack us. Always fight with the deep conviction that I am with you (Diary, 1760). You have everything you need to be the winner! Have the certitude that I am looking at you and supporting you – Jesus encourages you with these words too – do not fear either struggles of the soul or any temptations, because I am supporting you; if only you are willing to fight, know that the victory is always on your side (Diary, 1560).

Even though you have just realized that being in the third week of the Lenten struggle you have been defeated again by temptation, or the person you are fighting for has got into the same trouble – God is telling you today: Do not give up! The One Who has redeemed you will enter the ring and will lift you up. Your enemy will not be able to count up to ten when you are  knocked out and are waiting for the end of the fight.