This blog started out as something completely different, But that’s okay… Here we go….
God’s love and patience for us is everlasting:
And my favorite:
2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
So why is God SO patient with us? Because he loves us so much. He doesn’t want one human to perish( John 3:15), he wants all of us to come to him, to willingly submit to his will, and to love him as much as he loves us.
He sent his son. HIS ONLY SON. His son who was with him, living with him, in heaven, to become a man, a human man, who was tempted as we are, and still remained PERFECT in God’s sight. Then he allowed that son to go to the cross, to hang there, to die, to be ridiculed, and to take on the sin of the world, just because he loved you ( John 3:16) and to save you.
Because THAT is how much Jesus loves us( Luke 23:34). Think of the worst sin you can think of, Jesus had that sin cast upon him( 1 Peter 2:24). When God the Father looked from heaven to his son dying on the cross, he saw THAT sin upon his PERFECT son, He saw the sins of every single human that would ever live, on Jesus that day. And still, Jesus chose YOU. He CHOSE to die to save you.
And then, he arose from the dead. Death could not concur him, it could not hold him down, it could not keep him( 1 Corinthians 15:55-57). He arose and is our savior, our intercessor ( 1 John 2:1), and our redeemer.
Yet we still mess up. God knows us, and he knows our hearts. And he still forgives us, when we come to him with pure hearts of repentance.
Think about it like this : You have a puppy and it did its business in the house. How many times do you clean up that puppies business BEFORE you lose your patience? 3? 5? 10? 120? Eventually you’re going to get SICK AND TIRED of cleaning up puppy doo-doo.
But how many times do we ask God to clean up after us? How many times do we lay down at night and forget to thank him and praise him? How many times have we strayed so far from God that we only need him when someone is ill? How many times do you do something wrong over and over and over again before you FINALLY ask God to forgive your behavior once and for all?
Ill tell you a story about myself on that last question. I used to drink… A LOT. A lot more than I care to think about, yet I rarely had a hang over, and I never was able to sleep in the next day, regardless of how late I was out. I would wake up at 6:30 ish, and get straight into the shower, where I would cry. I would sit in the shower, disgusted at myself for getting wasted the night before, I would bawl, I would be convicted, and the guilt was eating me up inside. I repented over and over and over and over again, and I would feel great for a while, but then I’d get a call to go out, I’d go, and the whole cycle would start all over. I’m ashamed to admit this, and ashamed to say that it took 6 years of guilt to finally get me to give my heart to God once and for all.
I have often thanked my Mamma for praying for me through those times, because of her prayers, my very busy Guardian angel ( Who I have named Cletus by the way), and a forgiving, strong, and determined God, I was able to live though those times, when I probably shouldn’t have. I don’t miss that life and I wouldn’t take it back for anything.
There is a song that goes “over and over, again and again, God is faithful, over and over, again and again, through it all, He’s made me able, to stand and survive, to come through alive, when it sure looked like I couldn’t win, Jesus is with me, so I claim the victory, over and over, over and over, over and over, again….” I love that song. Because it speaks about Christ’s love for us.
I guess to wrap this up, I’ll say this. Read the story of the crucifixion in the 4 Gospels ( Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). It was something that I never liked to read. It hurts me to think about the way Jesus was mocked, and tortured and beaten and then killed, just to save me. But because of his sacrifice, we can all have eternal life. God’s grace is a 100% free gift, it costs us nothing. So pick up your bible, give your heart to God, and receive that free gift, today isn’t soon enough.
Holly Lynn ❤