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I can get so angry.
It is one of the things I don’t like about myself.
I can get so angry at life,
I especially get upset at my self when I get angry with my children.
I get upset, when I think about the patterns I am helping my children to develop, the example I am setting. And then, by God’s grace, I realize the choice I have.
I can either get more angry at myself for getting angry or I can run to the cross.
Over the years, I have made both choices.
But I want to encourage you from one parent to another, running to the cross is ALWAYS better.
It’s our obligation…
“Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation-but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”
Romans 8 :12-13 (NIV)
See I believe the moment we get in the rut of feeling sorry for ourselves and being angry with ourselves and choose to live in that self-defeating behavior rather than asking forgiveness, that is also SIN. Why you ask?
It is because when we choose to wallow in our sin, we are communicating that what Jesus did on the cross was not good enough. We are believing that whatever we did, whatever sin we committed is bigger than His sacrifice on the cross. That is sin.
Now, don’t read this post and feel bad. My challenge to you today is to stop and get out of the habit. Get up, dust your self off, ask forgiveness of God and of whomever you have offended and move on.
The enemy desires us to wallow. He desires us to stay stuck in the cycle of guilt and shame. He does not want us to move forward in the grace of the Almighty. Don’t believe the lie. Rather, believe in Him who has conquered sin and death.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7 (NIV)
Yes, we will still fail but “God has raised us up with Christ”.
So get up friend, dust yourself off, ask forgiveness, be forgiven and do better next time.
Live in the grace of Christ today!