How AWESOME that we are saved by the Grace God gives and we need not need the approval or acknowledgement from anyone else when we bring our faults, sins and shortcomings to HE WHO SAVES US.
Yesterday in a conversation someone brought up something from a time ago. Something I'm not proud of. Something which I chose to take to God and ask HIM for HIS forgiveness and grace. God of course put His hands in the situation and removed my sin from this end of the earth to that. He removed my guilt and He worked and He alone healed my heart. The mean spiteful person who brings this back and tries to hurt me with it stands no chance. God has this sin. God forgave me for it.
I shared with the other person, I knew I was wrong. I'd apologized then, I apologized now. And as they tried to heap hurtful words of hot coal onto my heart, I said calmly, "God's taken care of this, who are you to judge?" and then I said "Do not judge me because I sinned differently than you" OH MY.....
Have you ever really thought about that? Just because you've not killed someone doesn't mean taking those nice pens from work makes you less sinful. We are not to steal. And just because you're not having an affair doesn't mean your being jealous and talking gossip about your co worker is any less of a sin. God looks at ALL SIN, as sin. There is no degree of "how bad" something is. Sin is Sin. I don't really know if they got it or not, the point I was sharing. It doesn't truly matter. I wasn't trying to hurt them with words, I was trying to share, WE ALL SIN.
This morning as I sit her in my floaty and thanking the Lord for all of the blessings in my life, I thank Him without ceasing for the amazing, incredible gift of GRACE. Of His unconditional LOVE and His ability to HEAL.
Thank you Jesus for being more than we need, ALL THAT WE NEED and for giving us your Son Jesus, who died for our sins.
Thank you Jesus for your grace and forgiveness daily, as we all fall short.