The other night at small group we got on the topic of sin and how things get tough sometime. And that got me thinking about my own sin and how I usually tend to get bogged down whenever I stumble rather than seeing the bigger picture. An example that came to mind is whenever I’ve talked to someone who wasn’t a Christian they sometimes bring up how they’ve already done so much stuff and feel like God won’t accept them. I usually tell them how you don’t have to clean yourself up in order to receive God’s grace… So why should that concept be any different for us once we’re a Christian? Why do we feel like that as a Christian we have to be perfect or sinless? God never called us to be peferct, and sure trying to get rid of sin in our life is good but I think too often we, especially myself, get caught up in the times when we stumble. We focus too much on that short moment in time rather than the fact that God didn’t make us to be perfect and doesn’t expect us to be. He made us to love Him and His grace knows no time limit. There’s not an expiration date for God’s love but sometimes we act as if there is. This whole concept just rocked me and its something that I’ve been keeping in mind ever since.
Patience is a virtue. This is a phrase I think everyone’s heard of at some point and it reminds me of something else I heard before. Often times we ask God to give us something, money, time, patience, etc. The thing with God is, He doesn’t always just give us what we ask for. Instead of just giving us more patience, He’ll give us the opportunity to be more patience through different situations or events. For me, I ha been asking for my faith in Him to increase, which is why I something the other day that really hit me. Things have been interesting, to say the least, within my family and life recently. I kept asking God why things weren’t happening and that’s when I realized that He wasn’t not doing things because He wants us to suffer, He was simply giving my the opportunity to increase my faith in Him. To use this time to truly lean into Him for comfort instead of constantly worrying about things.
"Give me faith, to trust what You say. That You’re good and Your love is great"