Sometimes we can do things in the moment that seem completely out of character, and yet maybe the simple fact that we have done it makes us wonder if it truly is out of character.
I definitely had one of those moments yesterday that lead into me spending the rest of my day grieving in my spirit. This grief in my spirit broke me down to the point of repentance, and I asked God for His mercy and grace because I knew there was nothing in my mind that could justify what I had done enough to quiet my soul.
Only His grace and mercy could truly do that.
Then it got me thinking about how sometimes my actions cause more grief in people than they do peace. There is no way around it, if we continue in our sin our spirit will grieve. I had to ask myself if I was extending grace and mercy to those around me.
For me, my sin is often caused by fear and what can I gain. My actions towards those closest to me have been a result of what I might lose, and the respect, security, and maybe even control I could gain from them.
Even in my moment of repentance I feared that people would use that moment of vulnerability and take it as a sign that they were right, and I was wrong.
But the truth is we were both wrong, and instead of proving my point and my “rightness” in order to try and get an apology from those closest to me, I had to realize the only thing I could do was to sincerely give my apology. Also, that once my anger subsided, all I could give them was grace & mercy, just like Christ did for me.
There aren’t enough sorry’s in the world to erase what we have done, or to change those things, especially when it comes to God. That’s why my heart is so very thankful and blessed to know Jesus, because His blood is enough to cover all of my sins.Even through the cross nothing was erased, but only forgiven.
You see, when our heart is about gaining the respect, love, or whatever it is we are looking for from others it becomes about what we can gain and not about what we can give.
But for God, sending His son down to this earth was all about what He could GIVE!
So this Christmas season I hope you will reflect on what you can give others. Not in materialistic ways, but in the areas of grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love. Truly those are the greatest gifts we can give because they shine the light on Jesus and all that He has given to us!
Here at the blog I will be taking the month of December off, but will be back in January (Lord willing) writing out of the abundance that all God has given to me!
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and I also have a special giveaway for YOU!
Christmas Blessing Giveaway
For several years I have had the honor and privilege to participate in this group giveaway. It is our way as bloggers to say THANK YOU for reading our blogs, sharing our work, and for supporting our ministry. So PLEASE enter for your chance to win and BE BLESSED! Also, please be sure to visit the other bloggers who gave generously to this giveaway, there links are listed at the bottom of this post.
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LIST OF PARTICIPATING BLOGGERS:
- Woman to Woman Ministries
- Jenifer Metzger – Sweet Blessings
- Shari A. Miller – Living to Leave a Legacy
- Angie Ketcham – Just Five More Minutes of Grace
- Whitney Cornelison – Beauty in the Mess
- Phyllis Sather – Write the Vision
- Jacque Gerlach – Whole Family Strong
- Christa Hutchins – Do A New Thing
- Callie Domingus – Mama’s Coffee Shop
- Callie Domingus – Mama Loves
- Gena Mayo – I Choose Joy!
- Maria Davis – Middle Places
- Jaime Prideaux – Coupons and Freebies Mama
- Sara Elizabeth – A Mama’s Story
- Heather Bixler – I Love Words Art
- Kara Cupp
- Deborah Flora – A Delightful Glow
- Jennifer Ross – The Focused Homemaker