Sin and Repentance

Job 42:6   (KJV)   Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

When we realize we made a mistake, we humbly admit it and we correct our mistakes.

It’s our joy to walk after God. Knowing our mistakes is having opportunity for transformation—an opportunity to change towards our predestination—Christlikeness. If our perspective and principles are wrong, we lay them down in surrender at the feet Job 42.6 - Sin and Repentanceof the Omniscient. We pray for those who won’t budge. There are those who won’t seek truth. They have opinions and courses of actions formed from dangerously erroneous sources. They don’t want to engage in peaceful dialogue and unbiased research. They make conclusions without evidences. They just parrot the words they hear as long as it promotes their position.

Being principled isn’t enough; we are principled in what’s good, right, and godly. We seek His Kingdom and His righteousness. We pray for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven. When our beliefs and lifestyles are wrong and/or sinful, we waste no time and make a U-turn. We don’t relegate our response to just plain admission of mistake in our thoughts. We take action.

Dear heavenly Father, it’s humbling to admit we’re mistaken, especially if we’ve held on to some specific erroneous positions for so long—positions that have affected our decisions and actions, affected our determination as to who are our friends and who are our foes. Please increasingly reveal to us essential truths, even the errors of our ways. We will gladly recalibrate our steps that we may always be faithful. Above all others, You’re the One we want to follow—in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Anti-Sin

Psalm 119:11   King James Version (KJV)   11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

I was introduced to this verse when I was a new believer. It played a big role in my journey and growth. It’s still very precious to me. The more I grow, the more I see its immeasurable value. There are so many loud, influential, and powerful albeit very ungodly psalm-199-11-anti-sinvoices surrounding us that seem to control the direction of people’s beliefs and walk. They’re unashamed; they’re bold; they’re brash; and they’re bent to leading the populace to their march of godlessness.

As believers, we’re called to walk in humility and gentleness. We’re open; we listen; we value people. Many times, they don’t hold the same convictions as we do. There are shocking moments of revelations and realizations. It’s absolutely crazy when people who are so sure and so confident about their Christianity voice out opinions and convictions that are obviously contradictory to Scriptural precepts.

Our natural inclination is to voice out our opposing view. It works to some people. There are opinionated and vocal people who are sincere seekers of the truth; when they meet the truth, they don’t have a problem bowing before it. But there are people who have rock-hard hearts, and sky-high pride; they’re not after truth; they’re there to convince others to fall in line behind them. In the thick of battle of ideas and opinions, God’s Word is our immovable anchor. It keeps us from error and sin. Kings and queens may give their anti-Scriptural decrees, but our allegiance is to His Word. We chose to walk faithful before Him. Without shame, we live out His Words; our feet are established; our steps are steady.

Good Out of Evil

Genesis 50:20  (KJV)   20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Joseph’s brothers wronged him and his Dad terribly. By selling Joseph, and making it appear to their father as if he had been devoured by a wild beast, causing Joseph and their Dad to be separated for years, were horrible acts of evil. After many years, their paths crossed again. Joseph forgave them, invited them and welcomed them to live in very close proximity with him. He gave them the best of the land to dwell in. But after their father died, the brothers feared for their lives. They guiltily presumed that Joseph’s forgiveness was conditioned to their father’s existence. But in their extreme fear, Joseph uttered these comforting and assuring words of forgiveness. But they also revealed Joseph’s “worldview” that enabled him to extend such difficult yet precious, true, and lasting forgiveness that definitely brought peace to his brothers. He looked at everything that has happened in view of the sovereignty of God Who worked out everything, even his the brothers’ unthinkable evil intentions and actions, to bring about the wondrous good of saving many lives.

The greater the offense, the harder it is for many of us to extend forgiveness. We ought to live free, and the way to live it is to let go of anything destructive – especially those that have the ability to consume us to the very core and pull us down to unfruitfulness. Unforgiveness can stall us and keep us from reaching our utmost potential. When we forgive, we sever whatever lingering hold our offenders may still have in us. To not forgive is to allow them to keep on effectively offending us long after their acts of offense. To forgive more easily, we ought to believe God’s sovereignty truthfully. God’s sovereignty is neither a license nor an excuse for evil, but it gives us a wider perspective; it shows us that no matter what people do to us, God has a way and will make a way so that even the worst of treatments we receive, God already has great good planned for them.

Sovereign Savior, may we always remember that as we faithfully live for you, there will be many things that will happen to us that we don’t have control over. There will be dreadful times when we will be badly treated. Please help us to always remember that You won’t allow anything to happen unless You have something so good already purposed for them. In Jesus’ Name, amen.