Stop Digging

Stop Digging:

If there’s one word that makes the Christian message unique, it’s forgiveness!

Even so – in over a quarter of a century of pastoral ministry, I’ve discovered that one of the biggest problems for some people is, well, forgiveness.

Not so much the forgiveness towards others, although that can be quite an issue in itself, but the forgiveness towards ourselves.

Far too often we can beat ourselves up over a regret!

Far too often we can wallow in a pity party!

But hey, perhaps we can learn something from this urgent request:

“Mark the milestones of your mercy and love, God.

Rebuild the ancient landmarks!

Forget that I sowed wild oats – mark me with your sign of love.

Plan only the best for me, God!”

Friend, the prayer here is not on the assumption of our right doings, status, or moral excellence but on God’s character.

GOD IS LOVE and He will never become different.

However, our hope in relation to the mercy of God is that He will not dig up the thoughtless words and actions of our youth, immaturity, or inexperience.

Our expectation is that He will not deal with us as if He had made note of our wrong-doings – but that He will deal with us as if they were completely blanked out.

Still, oh, how easy it is to dig up the past, all by ourselves!

Sure, we don’t need much help with that – although there’s always those ready to lend a hand!

For this reason, keep a clear conscience before God so that “when” people throw mud at you, none of it will stick.

And throw away your shovel!

Don’t try getting even!

Instead, keep vigilant watch over your heart – that’s where life starts.

Don’t keep digging up old history.

Don’t fret over your regret!

As an alternative, complete a 180 degree turn from what you were doing.

Know and accept forgiveness, and have the willingness to forgive.

Then, watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you.

Keep your eyes straight ahead.

Follow the Covenant signs.

Read the charted directions.

If you keep your eyes on God, you won’t trip over your own feet.

Always remember – you’re loveable.

And know this, Jesus came to repair your brokenness.

Despite our failures and short-comings – He will reach out to all who are hurting.

His love doesn’t keep score of wrongs.

What a comfort!

There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven.

Now friend, if this message has encouraged you, please click the recommend button found before this post.

Thank you.

David Prince: Full-time Husband To Rachel – Writer Of Stuff – Receiver Of Grace – Drinker Of Tea – & Hearty Neighbour.

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