we were made for life and love.
but not one of us is spared from a dreadful experience and hurtful memory that at one point made us wish it never happened or that we were better off dead. we all have something in our past that weighs us down — perhaps some guilt, hate, regret, anger, or shame.
yet it is in these terrible experiences– the realities of our natural lives — that we, as believers, can exhibit the atonement of Christ, live in Him, and Him in us.
to mend what is broken and to redeem what is lost in our relationships may take extraordinary amount of courage, humility, risk, and sacrifice but these godly acts verily bring to life today the redemption performed by God through His Son 2,000 years ago.
when we extend the hand of forgiveness, reconciliation, friendship, and restoration, the divine act of Christ’s redemption through His blood (the forgiveness of our sins, and the restoration of our sonship to the Father) actually takes place again.
and, the fountain of grace that makes us live beyond every heartache to seek and work for the renewal of our broken relationships is the very same abundance of grace He lavished upon mankind from that Cross.
“continually bring yourself to the test of the atonement and ask, “Where is the discernment of the atonement in this, and in that?” — My Utmost For His Highest
“my dear Lord, forgive me. You know i believe in You with all my strength, heart and soul but sometimes the pain i have wrought on myself and others and the fears and insecurities that come with it weigh me down too much and i forget who i am because of what You have done for me.
by the grace of Your Spirit who dwells in me, remind me always please that i am God’s child, as everyone is — wonderfully made in Your image to live and love in this world.
and, that in acknowledging and believing in Your presence in my life and all that You have done for me, my family, and the rest of God’s creation, i am released from every bit of contradiction, threat, weakness, and mistake in the past, present and future which prevents me from living this truth in true joy and peace.
i pray for the same for all the discord, hopelessness, and the brokenness in the hearts of my family, friends, and the whole of mankind — all for Your joy and glory. bless us, dear Jesus. amen.”