When you set out to make amends, you make a proposal for a new life. You begin to find it because seeking Forgiveness and Mercy from those you have hurt prompts you to show Mercy and Forgiveness to those who hurt you. You cannot hate and make amends at the same time.
Confessing and reexamining our wrongs brings the new life we need to find the Freedom we seek. It brings us Spiritual understanding and develops Spiritual strength. We find ourselves becoming like CHRIST. We find our true identity, as GOD Created and intended, as it becomes ever more clear. We experience the Joy that comes from doing GOD’S Will. We become whole men and women rather than fragmented persons. We come clean with GOD and with others and find that it feels wonderfully amazing and freeing!
Any attitudes of unwillingness or reservation in making amends block the Blessing that GOD wants to pour out on us. We feel guilty and discontented and this fills us with defensiveness and anger. These are painful emotions and we find they bring temptation to turn back to the old empty ways in a foolish attempt to numb the pain our unfaithfulness is causing.
We must choose to live with the guilt, shame and anger that unresolved wrongs involve, or the Peace, Joy and Love that making amends can bring. To choose the former is to choose continued bondage but to choose to work it Faithfully and thoroughly is to choose Freedom. What will you choose?
Dear FATHER, Please help me to remember that YOU call me to deny myself, to take up my cross, and to follow YOU. That does not sound easy. It will not be easy. It is, however, the way to health and wholeness. May I walk it now and always and enjoy the Blessings that flow from such a life. Thank YOU, my LORD, my GOD, JESUS CHRIST, for the many Blessings YOU so generously pour out on each of us every single moment of every single day. I Praise YOU! I Glorify YOU! I Pray to YOU, JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth, in YOUR Precious and Holy Name. Amen.
Reading 1Samuel 7:2-17 this morning….