Today I will take little detour from the usual scripture readings for Advent. I am doing that because God has been using Jer31:3-4 to press the following message strongly on my heart and felt it was important to share it with you too.
The lord appeared to us in the past, saying:“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. I will build you up again”Jer31:3-4
Do you mess up sometimes? Not intentionally - just your sinful nature has found a way to poke its ugly head in spite of your best efforts to live as the new creation you became on the day of your salvation. Well I mess up sometimes, and then I get on the guilt train and take a real long ride to and fro, replaying the scenario in my mind until I’ve convinced myself how miserably and irreversibly I’ve failed God, disappointed and hurt others. Towards the end of the ride the enemy decides to fling an extra punch - the thought of God throwing His hands in the air saying “This child is just never going to get it… “. I think you get the picture.
Today I want to remind you that these kinds of thoughts do nothing else but tear you down. They are not consistent with the word of God and his heart towards us. His only son Jesus humbly stepped down from Heaven in order to be born to a virgin teenager and laid in a manger. He hanged on a cross at Calvary as atonement for our sins and was laid in a tomb - all because of His love for you and me. Not because once saved we are perfect and got our act together, not because we will never ever sin again, not because our good works will outweigh the bad. It was because of God’s love, mercy and grace toward us. On the third day history tells us that Jesus left the tomb empty, He ascended into Heaven and sat at the right hand of God. This same Jesus is the Lord who appeared to us in the day of our salvation, because of His everlasting love and unfailing kindness He left us with a counselor, the Holy Spirit, who builds us up when we fall and fail.
Dear sisters, guilt is what you feel when the realization of having done something wrong sinks in.Think of it as a way for the Lord to call on your undivided attention and if you let him and are willing God does the transforming work in you.
So when we mess up:
We ask for forgiveness from God and the ones we’ve wrong
We renew our minds with the word of God
We walk with God from the place of shame and disappointment forward, confident not in ourselves but in the one who transforms us into His image, so we can glorify His name.
I don’t know about you but next time when I mess up I will not be getting on that guilt train. I will take a walk with the Lord on the high road to Calvary, so He can turn my mess into a message of grace and transformation.
…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion…” Phil 1:6
Walk with God and glorify His name.
My prayer is that this will be a place where you find hope and nourishment for your soul.
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