I will never be perfect in this life, and guess what – neither will you. We are all a work in progress, but at least it is progress which indicates we continue to learn lessons and grow stronger in our faith. My 50 something mind does not resemble my 20 something mind. I’ve matured and I see everything so much differently than I did 30 years ago. Why? Because I’ve finally allowed the Lord to work in my life. In my 20’s I was not very good clay. I was stubborn clay! Nobody could tell me what to do, and they certainly could not tell me I was wrong about anything!
These days it’s different. Yes, I could be wrong about most anything. I want to do my best for the Lord and now my motives and actions are in sync. It’s amazing how things change once you hand your whole life over to the Father’s hands. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the only light that leads to eternal life in Heaven. Once you hand it all over, you receive His joy and peace, which is better than anything this world has to offer.
I grew up in a church that believes in eternal security – once saved, always saved. As an adult I attended other churches that taught that salvation can be lost. I never argued the point one way or the other, but always thought if a person was to backslide that far, perhaps their experience with Christ was less than genuine to begin with. Just a thought. I’m not judging that person, just discussing a possibility. I pray that salvation from the Lord is not so easily lost. How awful to feel so insecure, wondering if your name is still written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. I don’t think there’s an eraser on God’s pen.
Human beings mess up. We do. It’s not an excuse to keep messing up… but it’s not a reason to beat yourself up for mistakes made decades ago either. Put your mistakes – sins – under the blood of Christ, then do better! You have a choice to be a bitter person or a better person. Be better – do better. Be the person you wish you would have been to begin with! Let God help you. He’s faithful and He will not fail you. Let Him be the strength of your heart – even if your heart is less than strong. He will be your strength and your song. 🙂