Dear Lord Please Forgive Me

Posted: December 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

So, tonight I am sitting in the living room watching the movie Where The Heart Is.  If you don’t know what this movie is about it is about the Wal-Mart baby.  If you still don’t know what it’s about, it’s simply about a girl that went in Wal-Mart to buy shoes.  When she comes outside her redneck boyfriend has moved on without her.  She is pregnant and homeless.  She sneaks into the local Wal-Mart and lives there for 6 weeks where she eventually has her baby in the Wal-Mart.  She becomes famous and the baby is labeled the “Wal-Mart Baby.” Throughout her time in her new town she meets a lady that appears to be a God fearing woman.  She talks a lot about the Lord and when people come to bring the Word of God to the baby and her unmarried mother, the lady tells them the Word of God has been in that house for a long time.  Here’s the thing.  She has a gentleman in her life and often during her prayer she asks God to forgive them of the “things” she and her gentleman have done that very day.  I think we can all agree that we know what “things” she’s talking about.  If you don’t, watch the movie.  Either way, it brought my quiet time tonight to life.

Earlier tonight in my quiet time I read this verse out of the book of Romans. “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good” (Romans 12:9). The word abhor basically means to hate evil and love what is good.  Stay away from evil things and do the right things in life.  Here is the problem, and I see it with many Christians, and I’ve seen it in my own life before. We claim to hate things like homosexuality but behind closed doors having sex before marriage.  We claim to hate abortion but we  drink until we can’t control ourselves when no-one is watching.  We claim to hate degrading lyrics in songs yet we let words spew out of our mouth like we can’t control it. Long story short we pick and choose what to hate but still willfully commit sin.   Just like the people in the movie I’m watching.  They love the Lord, they pray and they seem like great Christians in front of everyone but then choose to do what God has clearly called them not to do, and then ask for forgiveness.   We can’t just give ourselves away and then just flippantly ask God for forgiveness.  We have to understand what God has called us to before we commit sin.  He’s called us to hold fast to what is good and hate what is evil.  That means that any and every sin you can think of, hate it and stay away from it.  We know right from wrong, but we have to use our brains when faced with these things in life.  Wisdom plays a huge part in the decisions we make.  We have to pray for wisdom, it doesn’t just come to us.  Sure, some people are wise because they are smart or have lived a long life, but Biblical wisdom comes from God and we have to ask for it.  Wisdom really helps when we have to choose between good and evil.

So if you find yourself in this position, what do you do now? Well, ask for forgiveness, find a church if you aren’t already in one, find someone to talk to and share life with.  One thing is for sure, we can’t do life alone.  We have to have people in our lives that push us, encourage us and hold us accountable.  Pray for wisdom and live your life the way God has called you to live.  It’s not easy, it takes work and it will be a fight, but it’s a fight worth fighting especially when it is for the Kingdom.  We were all created for so much more than ourselves.  We were created to give God glory, build each other up and evangelize the world.  Life your life the right way, get rid of all of the evil and stop fitting in with the rest of the world.  Step out and be different.  Read Romans 12:1-2.  Don’t conform, transform.  Live your life the right way getting rid of all evil and all sin.  There will be much more joy and a  lot less pain and sorrow.

In Christ,

Steven

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