I am glad I am not perfect. I am glad I am so far from being perfect that I have no place to judge others. Of course we all do at times, wrongfully. But…I am glad that is not my authority. (note: Christian accountability and malicious/flippant judging are very different things) I am thankful that God can see past even the ugliest of sins and see how He can use that for His glory, in many cases taking the sin away and creating a whole new person from the trials.
Right now there are some people in my life that are choosing very different paths than the ones in which they started. I have Christian and non-Christian friends trying to take control of situations that need to be given to God. Someone asked me yesterday why I want them to be in Heaven. My heart breaks over each situation. I pray that God changes their hearts quickly. I am a sinner, too. Perhaps their sins are more noticeable than mine because they are on display right now. That makes them no worse than mine. So while I pray dramatic changes in their lives, I also pray dramatic ones in mine. Though I will never be perfect on this side of Heaven, I pray that I (and everyone) will grow closer to Jesus, and His will, everyday.
Praise God who gave His only Son. Praise Jesus that His perfection reigns and that He took our place on the cross, so that when God looks on our lives He only sees the perfection of His Son.
My heart is heavy tonight. I see so many lives falling apart. Christians as well as non-christians are suffering across the world from hunger, fear, abuse, neglect and hopelessness. Christians, as well as non-christians in my immediate life are suffering as well…they live with children who are destined to a life of health strugglea, they live with the pain of a spouse who has given up on them, they live with the heartbreak of a child who has died, they live with no answers of what is to come. I am sad for those especially who do not know my Lord and Savior, for without Him I do not see how they can get through even one second of the pain. I am sad for those who do, too, because they still hurt and grieve, but they have the peace that comes from God and they are able to give their burdens to Him…for that I am thankful. I am thankful that God knows the end as well as the beginning, the future as well as the past…and that He knows best. He will forever reign victoriously! He will rejoice with my friends as they come to rejoice in life’s joys to come and He will rejoice with them even more when they join Him for eternity at the end of their time here on earth. Praise to God who carries us through and loves us despite our failures!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.