Regardless

In Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) Paul says “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Paul is basically saying that God love you regardless; regardless of your situation, regardless of your status, regardless of how you identify yourself, even regardless of your sin.

if you Google the word regardless, you’ll get this:  without paying attention to the present situation; despite the prevailing circumstances.

I encourage you today to come to Jesus and simply embrace his love. Don’t worry about fear of judgement or some random, crazy thing that someone did or said to you which makes you feel that God does not or cannot live you. Christianity is, first, about nothing other than love.

Come to Jesus, regardless!

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Forgiving Ourselves…and moving on (part 2)

We see an interesting comparison between the lives of Judas and Peter. They both followed Jesus and knew Him personally. They both betrayed Him. Yet the stories end very differently. Judas realized he sinned and kind of tried to make it right by returning the silver but still took matters into his own hands instead of forgiving himself and moving on. Peter, on the other hand, wept after he realized his sin but continued serving God; and the resurrected Jesus restored him!

Do not let your mistakes define you! You can always, always repent and turn back to God and be used by Him again! That is the beauty of grace and forgiveness!

Forgiving Ourselves…and moving on!

When you think of King David who famously defeated Goliath and wrote most of the Psalms, it is easy to forget the terrible sins he committed with Bathsheba and having her husband killed (recorded in 2 Samuel 11). Fortunately, he had a friend named Nathan who confronted him about this and he repented. Psalm 51 is where David repented of this. Three things that stand out to me in this prayer of repentance are:

  1. that he understood his sin was against God alone (verses 1-4)
  2. he seems to forgive himself as he asks God to restore his joy (verse 13)
  3. he asks God to help him use this to help others (verse 14)

Not long after this, we see David extending kindness where many would agree that he had the right to deliver vengeance (for further reading, look up 19-Shimei, Mephibosheth, and Barzillai). Did you know that Goliath wasn’t the only giant? David and his army went on to defeat Goliath’s son and three brothers (2 Samuel 21:15-22)!

David did not let his failure and sin define his future!!!