We who are saved are covered by the blood of Jesus. How it is supposed to work is that we are sinless because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Messiah the moment we humbly accept Him as our Savior. Then we ask Him to forgive our sins and poof, they are forgiven. God is very generous and full of grace. Then, we stay close to Him in humble prayer and Bible reading and worship and living and working for Him and His glory and direction. If we sin then, we go back to God and ask forgiveness. We are covered. Amazing grace!!! It is our job, though, to try not to sin, turn away from doing things that sadden the heart of our Heavenly Father. He gives us ready forgiveness but we need to do n our part. He sure is good to us and His eternal rewards are so worth it. ❤
Everyone knows me now knows I do not take offense at the criticism of others. I see every person’s comments as personal biased opinions for which there is a rigorous but unknown backstory. Someone may say something rude but they did not mean to be rude, they did not have another way to express their lack of energy at such a horrible day they had. Or the rude thing may reflect their upbringing and they think it is normal. Or their car broke down earlier and their frustration level is overflowing onto me. There is a reason and I love people enough to give them that benefit of the doubt. Now if I am victim of it habitually, I will pull them aside and talk to them and apologize for any offense I have given them. This does two things: breaks the ice in a humble way and makes their bad behavior realized. It may even help them get to the heaet of the matter. I mean, who doesn’t want to be apologized to? Who stays angry at someone being humble to you? So the key is to stay humble and not take things/words personally. For instance, I went out shopping, I noticed the weird phenomenon that I turned a lot of guys’ heads. I thought I must be having a good looking day and that’s nice. Then my husband tell me this dress makes me look fat. The old me would have either attacked him or cried, depending on the time of the month, but nope. Not today. Not anymore. I no longer take the offense. I consider the source, he was raised highly critical and thus criticism is normal conversation, in addition it is his strange, twisted way of trying to help me look my best. It is not nice but I no longer take offense. If I need a word of encouragement, I go to God or my best friend. So someone may pitch you something offensive with or without realizing it but it is up to me or you to take it, accept it from them or not. Don’t take it personally but just as if they were trying to give you a present of garbage, you can gracefully refuse to accept it and say “no thanks, not my size” or “no thanks, not true of me”. Stay humble, seek to understand and you may help them. Forgive them and you help you too. Love you. ❤
There are good memories that uplift and nurture the mind, bring true history to mind that encourages. Then there are memories worth forgetting. Easier said than done but here is what worked for me. I forgive. I tell God I freely forgive, even the unworthy, even the unrepentant, even the still doing it, even the crime, and then myself for not forgiving until now and whatever role I did play. And I tell this to God and give the rest of it to Him. Then I ask Him to help me forget the bad and remember only the good, may only be that He was with me through it, may be a lesson learned, may be some good was there too. And then I let God help me forget by not trying to remember any bad. I let go of it. I visualize giving it to God. Visualization is huge for me because I am so visual. But we’re I auditory, I would say it. And there it is. The bad things will weigh down your soul and can be a stumbling block or build to a stronghold and you can stop that from happening with God’s help. He is way bigger than the badness. And He has already won the war! Hold on to Jesus. Lean in. Hold Him tight. ❤
They say that God speaks in a gentle breeze. While that is true, He certainly speaks however He wants to. He is God, after all. That is a big word and an infinitely bigger person. And for me personally, He can speak through a gentle whisper of a tornado. It has happened in my life, maybe because my pride or stubbornness or maybe I am denser and just more plain determined to get my way than I envisioned but I firmly believe when He has done this, it was out of loving necessity. See, He has never given up on me. And this world is all the generous grace we get. Once we die, our decisions of whether to obey/worship or not are our final decisions. We only have this brief time on earth to decide how our eternity after will be, wonderful or horrifying. And I would rather go through an eye opening tornado of a wake up call now than throw away that loving grace and opportunity to be humble and live happy forever. God is everything. He made us, this is all about Him and He is so very good/perfect/loving/holy!! How stupid was I and would I be again to pick up anything else to worship than Him?? What temporary pleasure (and everything but Him is temporary at best) is worth chasing where it is more important than my heavenly Father?? Is any amount of temporary pleasure worth eternal separation from God?? Uh, no. No person, no thing, no drug, no porn, no power, no lie, no agends, no meager success, nothing. Not one thing. So a tornado of life woke me up, thank God for it. I am awake. And thanks to His grace, I am forgiven and holy and saved. Oh how I love Him!!!
There is salvation from our sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior/Messiah. That happens when we humble our spirits and pray that we have messed up and accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior. Bam, we are saved. We then live our lives for God, thinking and acting for His good and helping who we can be saved or encouraged or helped. We worship by our obedience, humbleness, prayer, Bible study, service. This is who we are and we have immediately the development of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our life (love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) as well as love, hope of eternity with Him now and in Heaven, and faith. And God helps us. It is really this simple.
Sometimes, we screw up again. And maybe it is something we like and/or think we want or need at the time, but it is not right, things we would not do if God were standing right there. Well, once we realize God is always standing right there because duh, He is God, and that He is holy, we all of a sudden realize that we need Him to save us again from this patch of mess we are in. And will He save us again? YES! The way is the same. Humbly admit you screwed up and ask His forgiveness in prayer and atop doing it. Become involved in His work again and worship Him. God is forgiving and faithful to His Word in the Bible and so very good and loving. Yes, holy too, so we need Jesus to save us and wash us clean. So don’t give up and don’t believe the lies the enemy tells that it is ok to keep sinning or to go ahead because God doesn’t care or He won’t save you because you go back to it. God is very forgiving. Humbly pray and ask Him for help and stop messing up. God does care and loves you and wants you to be saved. Out loud, say it all to God. But humbly do it. God is amazing and will help. And we all need His help and are empty down deep without that connection to Him. He did lovingly make us all after all. Get back to Him right now. 🙂
I just read this again and want to share it with you. It is from a devotion al book I have read and reread hundreds of times. This is an excerpt from Tia Stanley, as follows:
“This is a true story about a girl who grew so tired of living with her strict parents thahouse, ran away from home. But soon she found out that life was not so easy on her own. She couldn’t find a job and it didn’t take long for her friends to get weary of her living off their kindness, so they kicked her out. In desperation the 19-year-old was driven to prostitution.
“Years passed. Her father died, her mother grew older, and the daughter’s life just became more hopeless. Still she would not write or go home to her mother. One day the mother heard that her daughter had been seen in a certain part of town, so she went looking for her. The mother went to every cheap hotel and store, asking to put a picture on their walls. It was a picture of herself, now a gray-haired woman. Beside her picture was a message which simply said: ‘I still love you! Please come home!’
“Months went by and nothing happened. Then one day the daughter, who was now very worn and sick, wandered into one of those hotels. You can imagine e how shocked she was to see her mother’s picture on the wall of that dirty, cheap, hotel lobby. As she read her mother’s message, she began to cry.
” That night she started walking the many miles back to her home. It was early in the morning when she finally arrived at the front door of her parents’ house. She began to knock but found the door was already open. Afraid that someone had broken into her parents’ house, she ran inside and found her mother sleeping. She woke her and told her she had finally come home. Mother and daughter began to cry as they held each other. The daughter said, ‘I thought someone had broken open the door!’ But the mother shook her head and answered, ‘My dear, from the day you left I’ve kept the door unlocked.’
“It doesn’t matter to Jesus what things we’ve done or how badly we’ve lived. The moment we decide to turn to Him and ask His forgiveness, He will accept us and give us another chance. He is the only One who makes it possible for us to start a new life, living His way, because that’s the only way we can ever have real love, peace, and satisfaction that lasts. With Jesus, the door is always unlocked.”
I love that. Forgiveness is what God does beautifully and He is the only One big enough to choose to not only forgive but forget it also. This is amazing. And He is patient while we voyage through managing to forgive ourselves as well and not keep bringing it up or reliving it. God’s love is unconditional. He is waiting for you to humbly pray to Him and you are instantly forgiven and home. Ahhh. Rest and peace and joy for our souls!!!
At band practice tonight, I was joking around with a new girl and heard the bandleader say we would do the verse and chorus. Well, we were playing and those of us on this side played the verse and the chorus but on the other side of the stage (where my husband was) they played something else and without thinking I yelled over, “He said the verse and chorus so I was right.” Well, that was the wrong thing to say, especially while still laughing about something else that was said. So my husband felt disrespected and was fuming the rest of the night and went to bed early mad. So here is a confession of insensitivity to publicly say I was wrong and to show how even people who mean well make mistakes when they blurt things out without thinking. Case in point, we brought a friend to church who does not go with his parents and while there the preacher’s kid teased him and name called about his size. Needless to say, she probably thought she was funny but she totally alienated our friend to church and maybe more. The things we say, especially when joking or sleepy or off guard, well they count. They matter and people can get wounded by them. So, honey, I am very sorry for my rudeness and insensitivity. Please forgive me. And God, please help me with keeping my mouth closed.