God is perpetually generous! He blesses and answers prayers, gives chances again and again and keeps on loving us to Himself. Oh how He proves His matchless worth! Oh how He loves us! That is amazing to me the more I ponder it. And the late Rich Mullins said it best that with all his philosophy and theology classes, thr most profound truth in the Bible or universe is that “Jesus loves me, this I know, for thr Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak but He is strong.” So great and powerful is that truth! So blessed we are to have another chance today to love Him and accept His present love and past love via Jesus. So amazing is our Heavenly Father!❤❤❤
God gives second chances. And third. And fourth. So on. The thing is not so much that failure is not falling down but staying down. The thing is knowing that you have fallen in the first place. Lies are the fuel of the repeated bad decisions. Lies are often so much in control of the situation that the truth seems some dark foggy place. However, praise God that He is all about truth and clarity! Our constant mission as followers of the way of Love (Christ followers) is to constantly seek truth, which is always found in the Bible. There are no lies there. It is a lie-free zone. No one understands truth like God because He is truth. Truth is His business. His and our enemy is the father of lies. Lies is his trademark, his tool to sell his deadly wares. Lies like, no one gets hurt OR it’s okay to do some bad if you do some good to balance it out OR if it feels good or makes you happy, do it OR no one will find out. These are the most common, I think but there are so many more. Lies can only be brought to light and defeated by truth. There is no amount of therapy that will bring peace apart from the truth found in the Bible. There just isn’t. It is a fact and a good one because it provides hope and a way out. Truth is our chance. And salvation through Jesus Christ is the strongest part of that truth and hope. We have forgiveness when we humbly ask because God forgives and is big enough to forgive many times over. He longs for relationship with us that He made so He wants that forgiveness and cleansing of us. He longs for us to see the truth and have it set us free from guilt and bad and/or incorrect thoughts about ourselves and even Him. He gives us many second chances. Praise God!
This is a sad story. It begins, as many stories do, with an abandoned, unwanted, sick, unlovely cat showing up at our doorstep, begging us to be his family. Unable to send such a wretch away, we adopted this cat and loved it full bore. We heaped food, water, medicine, warmth, comfort, all we could. In time, this sickly, skin-and-bones cat grew healthier. He gained weight, he grew less sick, and he was family. We loved him. I loved him. We named him “Go Eat, Baby”, because that’s what we said to him most often. So far, sounds like a happy ending. However, the neighbor neglected to keep her pit bull mix (that had been mistreated) in her home and it was loose. It came into our yard and attacked and killed our precious cat we had nursed back to health. It was horrible, heart-breaking and devastated us all. This was yesterday. After late nights for everyone over our grief, I sat down to the computer to look for distraction. And it hit me. That is what Jesus goes through every day with us. We are that cat. We crawled to Him as a last resort, all hope gone. He lovingly adopts us and nurses us back to health. When we are starting to do well and enjoy life, here comes Satan to attack and kill us if he can. We must not let him! We must not give him that power! We are safe in the arms of Jesus as long as we stay there. If we run back when danger draws near, we squash all the generosity and meaning that Jesus heaped on us and invested in us already. He nourishes us. We must rest in Him and continue our path to a healthy soul!!