Welcome back, Willing Spirits!
I don’t know if it’s just me but last week went by extremely fast, I hope you managed to get everything you needed done and spent some time with God x.
Have you ever thought “yep, I’ve done it now, God isn’t gonna take me back this time”? No matter how many times others tell us that it’s okay, God will forgive us, we seem to hold on to the fact that it is too late–we cannot be saved. But let me tell you something:
God loves you. He has never stopped, nor will He ever stop.
Forget about how many times you’ve heard this before and actually think about what this means for you. It’s understandable that as humans we cannot comprehend such tremendous, unconditional love due to our experiences or just the reality of it all but God’s love transcends our own kind. So much so that He died for us–you and me–to give us the luxury of restoring our relationship with Him. Not turning to Him when we’ve done wrong and think He won’t forgive us, is like saying “thank You Jesus for dying for me but I can’t accept this gift”. And Jesus is probably thinking, ‘what do you mean? I’d do it all over for you again in a heartbeat.’
If we are truly sorry for the sins we have committed that’s a good thing and great first step. It shows conviction and God is ‘…faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ [1 John 1:9 NKJV]. There are many examples in the bible where God has forgiven and used sinful people. One of the most famous examples is Saul (who later became Paul) on the road to Damascus [Acts 22: 6-21]. Someone who was even a persecutor of Christians. Moses who had murdered someone, all of these people, forgiven. Cleansed. Given a fresh start. In our day and age, that’s like Richard Dawkins becoming a Christian. (If you don’t know who that is, he’s an atheist for starters).
All it takes is the willingness to change and a confession of sins. We don’t have to wait until we get onto the right path again before we go to God because it’s through Him that we have access to said path.
The Parable of the Lost Son is a great depiction of restoration [Luke 15:11-32]. What I find interesting about this story is the idea that the father didn’t just sit waiting for the son to walk to him, he ran towards him to meet him halfway. In the Jewish culture at the time, that act would’ve come as a shock to the community since the father ought to have cut his son off for what he did. Instead, the father broke the norm and had compassion on him; like God does for us. He isn’t as much worried as to what wrong we have done, as long as we come back and confess our sins to Him.
The son was even ready to come back as a servant instead of a son. Sometimes I think you know what God, I’d understand if you don’t want to give me nice things again, but what does He do? He takes us in the same. He still loves us the same. Just like the son, sometimes we underestimate our Father’s love for us.
Understand that God is rooting for us. Jesus is rooting for us. They all want us to win and be restored! There is literally a ‘…celebration in heaven when a sinner repents‘ [Luke 15:10 NKJV]. So why not give them a chance to celebrate? If you know or feel like you’ve stayed away from God for the purpose of thinking you’re too far gone, pick a day this week to just speak to Him and confess and let Him know you want to come back, like a conversation or prayer, whichever you prefer. You can even “Hey God…it’s me again…long time no see, aha ha…” However, you feel to approach Him, do so. As long as you approach Him.
I assure you that there will be a celebration in heaven when you do, God willing! I know this week’s read was longer than usual but I understand that this is one of the biggest struggles a lot of us go through so I hope you were blessed as you read and that it was helpful x!
Until next week!
– A fellow Willing Spirit x!