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Jul
15

Earning Love and Forgiveness

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;

My God, My strength, in whom I will trust;

My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I will call upon the Lord,

who is worthy to be praised;

So shall I be saved from my enemies.

~ Psalm 18:2-3 nkjv

I learned some valuable lessons this week as I sat at Jesus’ feet.

When I tie my worth to the misunderstood opinions of others,

I lose sight of who God created me to be.

When I waste time trying to prove my heart is pure and holds no ill-intentions,

I spend too much time on my external self instead of my spirit.

When I live within another’s unforgiveness,

I forget that the only forgiveness that matters comes from Christ and the conditions are simple:  

I must only ask once with a humble and  repentive heart,

and forgiveness is gifted.

When love is conditional and required to be earned,

I will never have success in achieving that love.

Jesus does not make me beg Him for forgiveness

nor must I aspire to unreasonable requests

or perform unrealistic tasks to achieve it.

Jesus does not make me feel unworthy.

Jesus does not require His love be earned nor does He withhold it from me.

Jesus does not show arrogance or pride.

Jesus chooses kindness and love and whispers truth to my heart.

Jesus loves me in spite of all my unworthiness and accepts me just as I am.

And in the raining down of anarchy and the chaos of another,

His reigning

will ground me and right me in the direction

He leads me

granting

peace to my world.

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4 Responses to “Earning Love and Forgiveness”

  1. Ann says:

    God’s beautiful truth-so simple yet sometimes so hard for us to see. What a peaceful way to start the week.
    And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 4:7 KJV
    I love you
    Mom

    • Elizabeth says:

      for you Mom…
      We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not give up the hope of living. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. II Corinthians 4:8-9 New Century Version
      I love you too.

  2. I do not usually answer posts but I am going to in this case, great information¡­ I will certainly bookmark your site. Keep up the good operate!

    • Elizabeth says:

      I am honored by your bookmarking and blessed you stopped by. Today, you were an answered prayer…may your week be blessed.

      And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. Matthew 21:22 NKJV

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