Often and again, I hear people talk about the things they’ve done. The things they’re into… And it just sucks. Really sucks.
I mean I’m thinking, ‘Whoa, how could you even do that?’
In all honesty, people go through stuff and whether you like it or not, it tends to shape how you think and respond to things except you allow the Holy Spirit shape and mold you.
So we have our own ideas on how we live. Someone who has been heartbroken a number of times possibly thinks they can’t trust anyone and it’s okay to play with other people’s emotions.
And those who have experienced a great deal of lack might decide to do anything to be rich and famous.
Sometimes we just act the way we do because we can, because it’s satisfying to our bodies.
And a lot of times, it’s easy to judge others until you’re in that situation.
So we’re caught up in our sins and our desires to do the things we want to do, good or bad.
While it’s satisfying at the time, everytime afterwards it leaves us feeling empty and drained.
So the crux of the matter is what can we do?
The amazing thing is, a whole lot of us know Jesus is the way. Jesus is the answer. We know He can help us if we surrender to Him and ask his help.
But guess what? We don’t! Some are too prideful to even consider asking.
But a greater number feel like they are too far gone. They are ensnared with so much guilt. Have you ever done stuff that you couldn’t even look at yourself afterwards? Stuff that leaves you awake at night? Stuff that you can’t even forgive yourself for?
Some of us have been there. Others are still there.
The good news is, you can move past where you currently are.
God doesn’t love you because you are good and perfect.
It says in Romans that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.* He loved us in our filthy, helpless state.
He says that as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed your sins from you.+
Also he says that, I, even I am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and remembers your sin no more.‹
But you say, I’ve gone back so many times. I’ve accepted his love and forgiveness many times already. I’m disgusted at myself. I can’t even forgive me so how can he?
Well in Isaiah He says,
But now, God’s message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob,
the one who got you started, Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called you by name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end-
Because I’m God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
trade the creation just for you.”«