You Are Good Enough. Think About That For A Moment.
You are good enough for God to have reached out to you and made a way for you to be saved. The world may tell you that you are not pretty enough, rich enough, smart enough or good enough to be noticed, but the God of Creation reached down and pointed directly at you and said, “You are mine.” No matter what the world tells you or what mistakes you have made in the past, finding your worth in God means that you are able to overcome the past and believe in yourself. The Parker Valley sisters found out that no matter what type of mistakes they made, God was willing to forgive them.
There are many ways we are told every day that we are not worthy. The world seems determined to beat each of us down and break our spirits. Unfortunately, the world is often successful. Many people grow up, live and die feeling that they do not matter. What a tragedy that so many people miss the message that God is sending to the world: you do matter. You are good enough. You are worthy because of the blood of Christ that redeems you.
On our own, we cannot be good enough to merit salvation. In that much, the world is correct. Our past sins and mistakes make us unworthy to step into the presence of the living, perfect Lord. However, God loved us enough to make a way for us to atone for our past sins and become perfect in His sight. That way was through his son, Jesus. When Christ died on the cross, He paid the penalty for our sins. Now, we are worthy!
Just like the Parker Valley sisters, it is important that you learn how valuable you are to Christ. Finding your worth in God is not necessarily an easy process when you may have spent your life feeling unworthy. However, the Bible teaches that no matter what your past sins, you are worth it to God. We could spend the rest of eternity pondering that one amazing fact. You are worth the life of His only Son!
Are There Things In Your Life
That You Would Like To Forget?
If you are like most people, you are probably thinking of a list of things that you wish you could do over. However, finding the true meaning of love is not about forgetting the past. When we seek forgiveness from God, we have to let go of our past sins, but we should never forget the lessons we’ve learned from these experiences.
When mistakes are made and forgiveness is sought, it is important to allow yourself to feel forgiven, but not forget about the choices you have made in the past. Remembering the pain will help you stay strong in your convictions in the future. This may seem to be contradictory advice, but it is not. Receiving forgiveness but remembering the past is crucial to our Christian development.
First, it is important to understand that forgiveness from God is forever. Psalm 103:2 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Thinks about this for a moment: the east and west can never meet! That means that when God removes our sins, He removes them forever. We can never again be guilty of these sins. This is the miracle of grace: that even though our sins were terrible, God found it in His heart to send His Son to die for us. That forgiveness can never be taken away from us, no matter how bad our former sins were.
However, it is also true that the memory of our bad behavior will never leave us, and we should be glad this is true. It is important for us to remember what we have done wrong so that we do not repeat the same mistakes. For example, when Jennifer in the Parker Valley series became pregnant, she realized that her lifestyle had led her to some very poor choices. While she received forgiveness from God and discovered the true meaning of love, there were still consequences to her actions. While we may receive forgiveness, we must also remember that we are sinners and be vigilant against sinning again by remembering the ways we failed in the past.
One of the hardest things in the world for people to accept is grace.
God’s love and forgiveness are endless, but many people simply cannot accept the fact that God wants to forgive us our sins. In fact, many Christians stay mired in guilt, much like the Parker Valley sister Jennifer when she makes poor life choices. However, just as Jennifer discovers, God’s mercy is boundless and there is nothing we can do that He cannot forgive.
One reason that so many people have a hard time accepting forgiveness by grace is that we have been taught to believe we have to pay for what we receive. It is not in our human nature to accept that eternal life could be given as a free gift with nothing expected in return. Christ’s death on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice, but even if we believe this, we often think that we must do something to earn His love and salvation. We simply cannot accept that He might die for us just because He loved us enough to save us from eternal separation from Him. We fear that there is something we are supposed to do, something extra that must be accomplished in order to “earn” our salvation.
However, there is nothing we can do to earn salvation upon our own merit; we must rely on grace. Fortunately, God’s grace is a fact. John 1:17 says, “And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” It was impossible for man to follow God’s law perfectly. Therefore, God had to provide a way for us to attain purity and perfection in His sight. That way was through Jesus. Christ willingly took on the death of the Cross so that you could be saved, with no strings attached!
Don’t question this fact. The Lord is here to love and forgive you just as soon as you are ready to receive this forgiveness. God’s love and forgiveness will follow you forever, just as Jennifer learned in the Parker Sisters series.