Monday, July 31, 2006

Romans 6:23

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Isn't this a great cartoon? I love it! It's a bill of sins and what it comes to in the end. But Jesus said "I'll get this one". He paid the bill for us. With his own blood. Today I have just been in awe of God's mercy. I don't know why I've been thinking about it so much today, but I have. I used to be confused about God's love. Not really understanding Him. It amazes me that no matter what I've done, God could really forgive my sins and wash me white as snow. He casts them into the sea of forgetfulness. As if they never were. The bible even says that God is married to the backslider. Someone who has turned away from God. If God can do that much for me, why can't I do that for others? Why can't I forgive and forget? I can! I've learned what keeps me full of joy, is the act of forgiving others. Not just forgiving, but letting it go. Not reminding them of what they did to me. Just letting go and loving them. Be it a spouse, a friend, or a family member, or even a stranger. Sometimes we forget that God loves even the one we might despise. If God can forgive them, then why can't I? Some things are just not worth holding on to. I've come to terms that no matter a short or how long my life will be, there will be someone that offends me or even betrays me. Once you learn that, you don't feel like the whole world is out to get you! I once had a pastor who told me, "Where there is people, there is problems." You can't have them separately. I thank God, that he has forgiven me, and I in turn can learn to forgive others. Not just to forgive, but to even love them. God is so good. You might even be thinking, "well, how could God forgive what I have done?" Did you know that in Proverbs 6:16-19 it says "These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren

Wow! Some things we would think are small, are listed next to murderers! That means, though I may not have committed "huge" sins, I need God's forgiveness just the same. I thank Him that he did just that. :)
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