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Okay just saw that I had an email of all Lilys wedding photos so I feel a million times better now!!! Wow this made me happy but also super nostalgic! (More to come I can only do 10 per post…)
"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence."
Here’s a story my mother told me when I was a little boy, to talk about sin. A youth leader told my mom when she was in high school.
Sure, it’s a little (okay, a lot) gross. But you know what? It’s actually a pretty good analogy, and so I’m going to share it with you.
This youth leader had a baby boy, his child, and he had never loved another human being in the same way as he loved this child. This child was his pride and joy. One night, the child managed to not only poop in his diaper in his crib, but managed to get it all over himself. I’m going to spare you the description, but suffice to say, he was covered in poo! (Now as a child, I could understand poo, so this was a very good analogy.)
The baby started crying for his “dada” but when his dad came into the room, he was repulsed by his child’s filthiness…he thought for about two seconds and came up with a plan. He ran to the bathroom and got a clean towel, and wrapped the baby up in it and held him close. He took him to a shower where he could clean him off.
This is the picture of us and God. We were covered in our own filth from head to toe. We were crying out to God, crying to our Father for help, but it was against His perfect and Holy nature to embrace us in our filth. He had to come up with a plan to win us back – to wash us clean.
Now I’m not saying Jesus is a clean bathroom towel, or we’re in literal filth. What I’m saying is that God could forgive us, but He could never embrace us. When we think about forgiveness, it is truly a good thing. Since God is a good God, of course He’s forgiving! He didn’t have to invent a part of Himself to become forgiving! He had to send His Son, Himself to take on our sin, undeserving, and crucify it – die a horrible death, undeserving…so that we could be freed from our sin, undeserving, and live to know and embrace God – undeserving. It was the only way God could pull us out of the mess we were in.
That is why Jesus died on the cross to save our sin. Now that may be the worst or the best analogy you have ever heard, but it is so, so true. We were rooting in our own filth, and God in His love and mercy and forgiveness found a way to pull us out of the mess we were in, and wash us clean. There was nothing we could do – no way out, except into His loving arms. That’s exactly where I found myself, and where any Christian found himself. Completely filthy. Complete in need of a Savior.
The sin had to be paid for - it had to. God could forgive us, but He would have HAD to judge us - we would have HAD to pay for our sin. Because God is good and just and we are not! In His mercy and forgiveness, God put His wrath and all of our sin on His Son. Now, we have the chance to come to accept Him as Lord and Savior, and escape judgement and Hell (both of which we deserve).
God Bless you!! I hope this helps!
I am obsessed with this prayer so i made this and set it as my wallpaper and wrote the whole thing out on paper so i can pray it every morning.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.