Welcome friends to another week. This week went well except for one event. Therefore, I'd like to start this blog with a question. How do you feel when you mess up? Last week was somewhat rough. During the week, I received excellent news. Sadly, something happened that interrupted my joy. Though I thanked the Lord for my good news, I found myself wishing for something I should not have wished.
Later in the day, I watched a YouTube video entitled "Just Reading Some Scripture About What's Coming." As I watched the video, the pastor spoke about what I was experiencing. To add insult to injury, I heard the same word at church. Ouch! That said, the Holy Spirit convicted me, which prompted an immediate prayer and an apology. Life was not good during this moment. We are not perfect which often requires someone pointing out our mistakes or sins (if you will) since we may not always recognize them ourselves. That said, as I watched Rev. Breaker's sermon, his words cut my heart like a hot knife. It was not pretty. Thus, heaviness filled my heart also lead me to praying for forgiveness. God is faithful to forgive if we ask (1 John 1:9-10).
It is incredible how God works through others. Sometimes chastisement comes out of nowhere. Then at other times, it is in our faces. God is like a parent. He corrects us using scripture (in my case) then wraps his loving arms around us the next minute. Like human parents, He forgives and forgets. People know the Holy Spirit lives in them by their hearts' reactions. When we were without Christ, we constantly committed sins without remorse. That said, the heart changes once we become saved (from God's wrath). Our new life does not mean we become nonhuman or perfect; we still mess up constantly. However, praying and talking about it helps. Once we ask for forgiveness from those we hurt and pray, life continues until something else happens.
Sometimes, we do not understand why things happen when we become God's children. He knows us, which is why there are only 17 verses in the Bible about correction. However, there are 159 verses about grace, 48 about forgiveness, and 261 about mercy. God does not want us to dwell on our sin. Instead, he wants us to recognize His forgiveness, grace, and mercy then move on. Sometimes people think they've committed sins God won't or can't forgive. How wrong they are! He forgives every sin if we ask. Blasphemy is the only sin not forgiven. Biblegateway defines it as speaking against the Holy Spirit in which there are 10 verses. Ouch! Would you please read more at: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2012/10/what-is-the-unforgivable-sin/.
Eventually, I spoke with a person I felt I wronged. It was a relief to speak with that person. Like a good father, he corrects us but still loves us. We are very blessed to know him. Please see FAQ https://www.savedheartfaith.com/general-9 if there are questions. I hope you have a spirit-filled week.