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Nasty Life Laundry

My sister was arrested this week for two felonies.  All week I have grappled with how I am going to approach the very difficult phone call I need to make to her.

I thought quite a bit about the stupidity of her actions and the evil behind them.  Of course, you know where that led my Christian heart, right back to my own.  I can’t cast a stone, in the past I’ve done similar things and was lucky enough not to have been caught.   Which made me start wondering if I really got away with it Of course God knows my sin, I didn’t get away with it in that sense.  I have confessed the old and try to keep a short account of the new, repented of the whole lot, and I am fully convinced I am forgiven. Condemnation for it is removed from me because of the sacrifice of Christ and my sin is removed from me as far as the East is from the West.  Because of my repentant faith in Him, I am unquestionably forgiven.

My sister’s arrest was in the news.  Her alleged wrong doing is common knowledge if you happen to live where she does.  My dirty laundry never made it to the papers or the local TV news. So in that sense, did I get away with it?  Will it never be brought up again?  Will I get through eternity without anyone but God and I seeing the real me?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in Never Saw That Before, Sin

 

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That was not the Cross

cross1On my mind almost constantly as of late are two things: the call to love and the call of the cross.  A glimpse of something deeper came into my consciousness today which centered on the call of the cross.

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23

I have sought to take up the cross daily but honestly there is not much in my life that seemed powerful enough to be classified as such. I have chosen His will over my own, sometimes struggling for a lengthy time to comply.  I have done what I deemed as uncomfortable for Christ. I have done as He has asked when I would rather have not.  I have tried to die to myself in all things, and it is hard.  I suppose you could say in some way I suffered with these crosses, but really, ‘I wrestled with these crosses’ is probably a better description. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in Sin, Spiritual Growth

 

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