… forgiveness

Some may call this karma. Others the universe doing its part in creating harmony? I’m not sure.

I call it God disciplining and training us to show a Godly love to everyone we come across.

In Luke 6:37 he tells us that if we condemn or judge, we will be condemned and judged. But, his tone changes when He talks forgiving those who offend us. When he speaks of condemnation and judgement, he say “Do not condem….” And, “Do not judge.” Then he tells us to forgive and we will be given. Each of the actions has a connected and directly related response.

None of want to be judged and condemned, but we definitely want forgiveness so where does that leave us when we are presented with less than desirable circumstances.

One thing I’ve noticed is that God puts us in positions that will require His help. Situations that push is closer to Him an further from the world in one way or another.

I love this promise because I see how God is telling us to treat others the way she treats us.

Because of the blood of The Lamb we are no longer subject to such horrible responses to our behavior but rather forgiven ready.

God won’t judge us or condemn us for our missteps and mistakes. He’s busy drawing us closer to Himself, loving on us, and guiding our paths.
I’d have to say that I would think that God wants us to be too busy loving on those in need rather than discussing their why they are in need. He’d want us speaking bolding for Him, serving others, and praising Him.

My challenge today: busy yourself with trying to understand another person before we form opinions and assume we know the details of the situation. He tells us to seek justice and love mercy – things that take time, effort, maturity, and God himself to really make an impact.

But, you CAN do it. When we begin to think like Christ, so we begin to see things from his perspective. A perspective that places value on people and their hearts rather than material things that have no lasting value.

If you have struggles with unfairly judging a person or condemning the sins that doesn’t happen to be your “favorite”, ask God to give you wisdom and see things the way he would have us to.

… Here’s to freedom in Christ and forgiveness!

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… know your place

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I love this promise. I love how it communicates that God will always respond to us.

The entire scripture says “Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts you double minded.”

At first read, that sounds so harsh! But, then, I hear the grace and forgiveness in it.

I hear God telling me that I don’t have to clean myself up before coming to Him. His grace allows me to do step away from the world and focus on Him.

The entire chapter this verse is pulled from is setting us Christians straight. And, I love it.

James, the author of this book, shows us who we truly are but doesn’t leave us feeling beaten up about our sinful nature but offers us hope in the goodness, grace, & security of God.

Verse 7 tells us to step away from wickedness then verse eight tells us to draw close to God THEN clean ourselves up. Why?

Because he knows how far sin can pull us away from our Father. He knows how vulnerable we are when we are separated and he knows that we can’t clean ourselves up a part from the grace God offers us in His presence.

This promise, this verse should give our spirits rest. It should urge us to go back humbly before The Lord knowing that our sins will be tossed as far as the east is from the west. That our God will always welcome us back and lift us back up.

He will comfort us, and quiet us with His love. He will take us back and lift up our heads never allowing our sins to define us or shame us- for there is no condemnation in Him.

Even if our distance isn’t caused by immobilizing sin but a busy schedule where we haven’t carved out precious moments to be spent with our Savior, illness, or exhaustion – He is still always there. Waiting to restore, heal, and revitalize us.

God is good to us.
Even when we aren’t so good to Him.

And, isn’t it amazing and reassuring to know that no matter what the cause or circumstances of our distance, He is always there. He never turns His back on us. He never leaves us or forsakes us. His grace only abounds that much more.

Could we love like He does? He shows us what true forgiveness and love looks like and expects us to treat others in the same manner.

But, are we willing to?
Would it be easier to forgive and embrace another when you realize how much you (a sinful being) have been forgiven for and recognize HOW you were embraced by your (perfect creator &) Father upon your request for forgiveness & reconciliation? A request you desire to be answered in the affirmative no matter how often you ask?

That perspective will remind you of who you are and what you deserve. This scripture will remind you of who God is and what He deserves.

He is good.

… here’s to a God who shows us how to love and forgive unconditionally with great grace.

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