We must understand the difference between God’s Word & religion. There will be religious churches that preach from the Bible, but they also add their own rules to the mix and remove God’s grace from the picture. Churches can be a house of judgment where it looks as though grace has left the building. We must find the church as a place of redemption. Righteousness must be preached in the church, but the congregation should not walk around as if no one has their own set of problems or trouble with sin. Many of us have pasts, no matter what background we come from, that we have been forgiven for, so let’s not hold the wrongs over one another’s head. What’s done is done. Time to get back up and continue on this journey that was never promised to us to be easy in the first place; this is why we need a Savior in Jesus Christ. We will grow in our faith, and it’s up to us to lead with love. There are people that don’t look to Jesus as their Lord & Savior and make the best decisions in their lives, mostly selfish ones, but they have all the answers and don’t point to God because in their “perfect” world they don’t need Him. And then we have those religious folks who look great on the outside, but don’t love God or necessarily live their lives for Him.
It is God that searches our hearts. Praise the Lord! Something that we cannot do, and sometimes not even something a pastor can do, because we are not God no matter what title we hold. We cannot search the hearts of others. God see’s those that love Him & seek Him day after day, and even when they aren’t quite there yet daily with Him, God see’s their longing for Him. He does not push us aside for our sins when He knows that when we mess up we feel bad about it and ask for His forgiveness. We are growing by being aware of right and wrong according to God. We will continue to get up and try again. It is by the grace of God that He continues to embrace us. We just see results of the “mess ups” or the “good deeds” that present themselves, but God see’s what’s on the inside. And it is God that cleans us up to be more of who He created us to be, and it does take time! And how we think as we get older matures from when we were younger, but we too were young once. Again, we need the eyes of grace.
God has never given up on me no matter how many times I’ve messed up and still mess up. I keep learning and growing and keeping my eyes on God. I’m not the same person that I used to be, and I’ve come a long way, but I’m humble enough to know that I’m a work in progress. 🙂
Pray & keep seeking God’s face. Keep showing God’s love. And admit the imperfections and continually give God the glory of the changes He made in your life. Keep being an example, but know that each one has our own lives and that God has each one of us in His hands. We can trust God to work things out and teach us along the way. There is no perfect person or picture out there. This is life, and the fact is many of us do love God and want to live for Him with our flaws & all. I pray that we can all remember God’s grace & His mercy on us, and show compassion to one another. Don’t allow past situations to define you, just keep moving forward with God. Keep pressing on no matter what. Dawn
(Matthew 6:33 NKJV) “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”