“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”.
I have some shocking news. Here is it is…God wants us to have a great life. Anyone surprised by that? I was. I don’t know exactly why. Maybe because I still have a hard time accepting that God would love me enough to look beyond all the sins in my past and not only still love me but actually WANT me to have a fulfilling life.
Some of us can be martyrs. Living life punishing ourselves for things we’ve done or haven’t done…or should’ve or could’ve. Instead of taking the gifts God offers-forgiveness, grace and mercy. There is something very freeing about letting our past go and making the best out of the rest of our lives. The enemy is sneaky. Before you know it, you are spending life defeated when God wants us to “live life abundantly”.
A Christian radio personality was talking about this-he envisioned having the opportunity to sit down with Jesus and confess all his wrong doing. Maybe it would take 30 minutes, maybe it would take hours. But his profound thought was that He realized Jesus would still be there, listening. He wouldn’t run, he wouldn’t be ashamed or shocked. He’d listen, then forgive. Done. Move on. Make the Best of the Rest. It’s really kind of simple. We complicate it.
Here’s another thought. Not one of us is better than another. God doesn’t forgive some sins and not others. He doesn’t forgive some people…he forgives all who sincerely ask. I don’t know about you, but I am so tired of being lied to and deceived. I am trying to train my thoughts to be fixed on the Truth. And that is, God loves me, scars and all. He loves me despite my past. He loves me enough to forgive me. And, he wants to bless me.
Don’t waste another moment not living life to your fullest. Don’t waste another moment living in the past. Live life abundantly…make the best of the rest…of your life.
Dear God, Thank you for your perfect love and forgiveness. Thank you for offering to free us from the chains that bind us and hold us back from living life abundantly. We pray you would help us break free and accept your gift. Amen