It is 4:09 in the morning and God has awoken me. It’s always so interesting to me how there are seasons of life as a Christian believer. You can find yourself in the messiest of situations. Some being your fault (and by that I mean a decision we have made) OR the other being the unpredictable messes that this life can bring because let’s be honest, we by no means live in a picture perfect world, no matter how good it looks on social media profiles.
Jesus said this, “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance”. This is Jesus’ attitude. And this is the attitude of God. This is the attitude of heaven and also attitude of angels. It is very different from our attitude in everyday life. We like righteous people, we like good people, but somehow God has a special heart for those who are broken, those who fail, and those who have fallen.
In my personal experiences, I feel like as soon as I start feeling “good” about life and feeling like I am in a good place in “society” is when God throws a wrench at that so called “way of life” we have as Americans.
I am starting to understand exactly what this is. It is us wanting the acceptance. The acceptance of people instead of the acceptance of Christ.
We as Christians have to remember that we will never “fit in” with society nor can we try to. This is something I have struggled with my whole life. Most of it not truly understanding that it means this is what God wants. He doesn’t want us to fit in, He wants us to “stand OUT.”
Side Note: Good book to read that goes further into this is called “Uninvited” by Lysa Terkeurst.
Living life being overly confident and being a know it all, that is not really what is beautiful in God’s eyes. But the person who is truly repentant of themselves and admits their own shortcomings and their failures is what truly pleases God.
God is very much pleased when we come to Him in repentance. What is wonderful about repenting is that you meet God in a raw way. Until repenting, God is conceptual. God is way up there. Forgiveness is only conceptual. But when we truly repent of ourselves, the forgiveness becomes extremely real.
If you have been baptized, in my opinion its like becoming baptized all over again and instead of water it’s tears washing away all the sin. The tears we always cry when we finally have hit rock bottom and our only way to go is UP.
God forgives me and God becomes real and raw. God pours out all spiritual wisdom and insight. And also God empowers us to be able to overcome our own shortcomings.
How can you overcome your sin? By hiding them? No. When you hide your sins, sin works much harder in your life. You cannot overcome your shortcomings by yourself. You can only overcome your shortcomings by God’s grace. That’s why repentance is so powerful.
Sometimes life feels like a never ending doggie paddle. Constantly trying to stay with the times of the world. (I struggle with this myself.) This is the only reason I can write about this. I struggle as a Christian woman. I struggle with what society says we should be doing and what God says I should be doing. I come at this crossroads quite often, my friends. I am guilty and I am repenting as well.
When we truly repent to God, our eyes will be open. Until then, it’s like we have blinders on.
I could go on forever with my thoughts on this matter but I will end with this.
Are you struggling with your own sin? Are you embarrassed with your own self? I want you to come before God and present yourself with a repentant heart. You will discover your beautiful self again. We are only righteous through Jesus Christ. So, blossom in God’s love and never-ending grace. This is such a perfect gift that God has given in life and it’s FREE to all who believe that Jesus is their one and only Savior.