Happy Friday, February 28th, 2020 Everyone!
What does it mean to repent? It’s more than saying you’re “sorry,” it should include saying the words, “I’m sorry” and “I will try to not do it again.” It’s the words being said, followed by the action of not doing it again. Let’s be honest, hard as we try most of us are repeat offenders of the smallest of things and sometimes bigger ones. Does this mean we lied? No, not at all. We are human and we are going to make mistakes and just because we sometimes fail, it doesn’t necessarily mean we didn’t try. News Flash!! God knows you and I are human. God knows were are fallible. God desires our obedience and also a relationship with us. God is a loving and forgiving God. He is a God that extends “Grace” and He disciplines those He loves. Accept God’s grace for yourself and extend grace to others as freely as God gives to you. Please know that I do not share this with you lightly, it’s hard. I struggle daily with accepting grace from God and from others. On the other hand, I find it extremely easy to extend grace to others. I am learning the benefits of accepting grace and the benefits of it towards healing. I trust God and know He loves me and I’m trying every day to be the person He created me to be. We are all God’s children and He loves you and me. ♥️
“My child, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, or lose heart when you are punished by him; for the Lord disciplines those whom he loves, and chastises every child whom he accepts.” ~Hebrews 12:5b-6
“My child, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves the one he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.” ~Proverbs 3:11-12
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that they power of Christ may dwell in me.” ~2 Corinthians 12:9
“The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” ~John 1:17
“But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” ~James 4:6
In closing the writer (Rev. Sam McGothlin) of the pamphlet I’m reading for Lent offers the following suggestion or practice:
• Turn your head or your body to the left.
• Ask God to help you see and confess what hinders you from extending grace to yourself and to others.
• Turn your head or your body to the right.
• Ask God to help you accept your humanity.
• Close the practice by reading Psalm 51:10-14 out loud as a prayer.
Thank you for traveling this Lenten journey with me. ❣️
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.