Posted tagged ‘Forgiveness’

Why Did God Make Me Like This?

October 19, 2011

On a recent Facebook post, I read from a mother with a little girl with several birth abnormalities; “My little girl asked me today, “Why did God make me like this?” The loving mother shocked by the question answered, “you are beautiful and God doesn’t make mistakes.” That answer was enough for this little girl who ran off to play again.

I’ve known several parents of children with various physical, developmental and mental struggles and issues. I applaud them for their hard work in caring for their children. Most of those parents relate to me the joys of having a special needs child. They tell stories of how the struggles are difficult but never a burden. I am grateful for parents who see the blessings in the difficulties.

What strikes me most is that a child who is discovering that she is different from other children is able to rest in the assurance that her parents love her and that God is caring for her too. I look at myself and see so many shortcomings, brokenness, frailty, failure and wonder “why did God make me this way?” Why do I find sin easier than doing right. Why is my heart easily swayed away from good to bad? I recall that Paul said very similar things in Romans chapter seven. In deep frustration with his frailty he questions; “Who will deliver me from this body of death?” He calls himself a “wretched man.” That is a common chord between Paul and me.

It takes some serious self-examination and Bible study to remember that God’s grace and love is sufficient to overcome my faults. Though I am unworthy God is kind enough to fix me in my weakness and then strengthen me to become whole in Christ (Rom 5:8; 2 Cor 5:21; Phil 4:13). I am learning that it is my weakness that leads me to God’s strength. My frailty is fixed by the “Great I Am.” Today, I celebrate the joy of knowing God loves me. My journey to heaven isn’t threatened by my weakness if I will let Him guide and protect me.

Dear God, Thanks for helping me see you when all I can see is my own sins, sorrows and shaking faith. Forgive me for failing and cleanse me so I can be all you long for me to be.

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You Will Mess Up, What You Need to Know When You Do

September 27, 2011

The Devil really loves to blind us to simple truths. When he can get us to forget the nature and work of God he can discourage us enough to give up. Don’t let that happen. You should treasure these thoughts in your heart so you never forget them.

  • You are loved by God (Eph 5:1; John 3:16)
  • He showed his love when we deserved it the least (Rom 5:8).
  • There is nothing in this world or the heavens that can separate us from God’s love (Rom 8:38-39).
  • The sacrifice of Jesus blood covers all the sins we confess before God (1 John 1:7-9).
  • You can repent of any sin and God will remove it from you (Acts 3:19).
  • Once a sin is forgiven it is gone for good you’ll never be held accountable for that sin again (Psalm 103:12).
  • It’s not to late to change and follow Jesus (Heb 7:25).

Confession and asking for forgiveness brings back the “joy of God’s salvation” (Psalm 51:23). It restores us to God’s grace and mercy. Sadly, we can easily forget that when we head away from God into sin.

The Devil is a liar (John 8:44), he deceives you into living below the privileges given by Christ. Don’t let him win when you falter and sin. Instead, turn your heart toward God and bask in his forgiving grace. God loves the contrite and penitent (Psalm 51:17; Isaiah 66:2). He is overflowing with love for all of us (Psalm 51:1). He is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9), including those who have fallen back or fallen away.

Restoration and full fellowship comes to all who seek God’s forgiveness. No matter what your sin is God’s kindness, grace and mercy is greater.
God is calling today, he is pleading with us to come partake of His mercy and love. What are you waiting for? Come home today!

I Am Sorry! Three of the Most Powerful Words

June 3, 2010

When was the last time you heard a true apology?  Not one of those “If I have offended anyone at anytime in any place, for any reason, I apologize.”  What ever happened to coming right out and confessing the sin and asking for forgiveness?  Without confession and petition for pardon, wrongs are not righted.  This is a Biblical concept that many of us fail to remember.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9)

Pardon is based upon confession.  Perhaps it takes a different frame of heart and mind to be willing to admit fault than to just generalizing about our failures and misdemeanors.  There is a great cleansing that comes from admitting shortcomings and infractions against God and fellowmen.  The contrite spirit finds joy in expression of that contrition.  Saying I am sorry brings reconciliation and forgiveness.  Quite a trip for just three little words.  The journey to the penitent heart and broken spirit is a hard one though.

When I was a boy it always hurt me physically to be at odds with my siblings or my playmates.  Nothing was right when I knew we were not getting along because of something I had done to hurt them or vice versa.  That child like spirit is so easily lost as we grow tougher hides in the dog eat dog world. Some lose all sensation of broken fellowship and the pain of losing friendship.  It’s time to go back and learn to say “I am sorry for ___________” and truly repent of whatever it is we have done.  This is true in our relationship with God and with men.

“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.
(Joel 2:12-13)