We don’t live by the law of the Old Testament. We live through the Merciful Son of God, Jesus who saves us from its legalistic demands. I’m not saying we are lawless. But our imperfections can’t condemn us. Jesus and God’s Holy Spirit guide us through this life perfecting us as we go. Through His Grace we grow more pleasing to our Father who is in Heaven. The law is about justice and our Father is a Just God. He does not disregard sin and it’s effects on our souls or humanity in general. He compensates for every bad thing with Goodness, Mercy and Love. He truly is the Most Perfect Wonderful God deserving of all our love. He is our Heavenly Father! We can’t ask for more or better!!!
Jesus the Son of God is our Judge and Savior. He didn’t come to earth to suffer, die a horrible degrading painful death on a cross to condemn us. He came to save us. It’s PURE nepotism. The one who points out all our sins is the evil one, the devil. He is the king of the condemned. He points his ugly fingers at anyone he can. So if you aren’t standing with Jesus you’re standing alone and vulnerable. You don’t want to be stranded at the judgement with no protection from that menace or your sin. Choose to be a Christ follower, not a judge of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Bad thoughts like a balloon can be snipped and float away, rather than contemplated or considered which will drag you down to hell. Snip it from the start! Bad thoughts don’t belong to Christians, followers of Jesus. We are made for better things. Snipping it from the start is a good way of rooting out evil in our lives.
Think about some small sin that you commit thinking it’s not really that bad. You’re wrong! There’s no SMALL sin. ALL sin is an ugly beast waiting to devour your soul. The only way out of it is through Jesus. He carried all those beastly sins on the way to Calvary and our Human God nailed them to that cross that He chose to save us on.
I let time slip by while over analyzing my motives for this blog, which was the first mistake. Giving myself credit, the second mistake. Panicking at the thought of coming up with more of the same, the third mistake. I’m old enough to know better but stupid enough to keep stepping in it. God is always with us. I know He is there, but I keep blundering along moronically ignoring the fact. I’m one of His broken tools, thrown away and despised by an ex-husband of 33 years and doubting myself constantly because of those 33 years of emotional abuse. Still God blesses me. God uses broken people, who have seriously messed up, to do His work. If God can love me, and He does, He will positively love you. I promise. Don’t take my word for this “promise” it comes straight from God. It’s in the bible. Don’t take any man’s word for gospel truth. Make certain that it is in the Bible. Also we can trust in the Holy Spirit to lead us in the right path. He guides us when we pray.
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. 2 Peter 1:4
Saint Benedict’s Rules have become my latest reading material. I began January 2017 with the Prologue, which I share with you here.
L I S T E N carefully, my child,
to your master’s precepts,
and incline the ear of your heart (Prov. 4:20).
Receive willingly and carry out effectively
your loving father’s advice,
that by the labor of obedience
you may return to Him
from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience.
To you, therefore, my words are now addressed,
whoever you may be,
who are renouncing your own will
to do battle under the Lord Christ, the true King,
and are taking up the strong, bright weapons of obedience.
And first of all,
whatever good work you begin to do,
beg of Him with most earnest prayer to perfect it,
that He who has now deigned to count us among His children
may not at any time be grieved by our evil deeds.
For we must always so serve Him
with the good things He has given us,
that He will never as an angry Father disinherit His children,
nor ever as a dread Lord, provoked by our evil actions,
deliver us to everlasting punishment
as wicked servants who would not follow Him to glory.
“That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.” Philippians 2:10 Douay-Rheims Bible
I have been trying to decide on gifts that would be appropriate for Christmas. I have been struggling with this for years, not just this Christmas. I’m somewhat estranged from my own children and family. Divorced. That terrible word because of all the painful implications. Broken vows and unfulfilled promises. They seem to have turned from God and I blame myself. The world grabbed them the first chance it could. I raised them as Christians with all the true trimmings of Christmas (Christian values, virtues and high principles for proper conduct). Now, my grandchildren have been brought up not knowing God and only knowing stuff – the things in and of this world. Here I am wondering what to give them. I would dearly love to give them a Bible but I’m afraid they’ll reject it and throw it away. My dilemma. To me, Christmas will always mean the birth of my Lord Jesus, God and Savior. Not Santa Claus. We are estranged because I am strange to them. An old fossil. Believing in God is a weird concept. Their parents, my children, are uncomfortable if and when I mention His existence. I have prayed and waited patiently for years for them to come back to the way they were raised but that hasn’t happened. I cringe at the idea of celebrating a fat red costumed man in place of the Christ who laid in a trough to become the food of our salvation.
Thanks to Gaye Francis Willard for the original artwork!