Written by: Vivian Wilson
I am at a loss for words this week. (Did I hear someone snicker?) Really, I am.
But there are a few words that are on my mind: Remember, failure, forgiveness, and grace.
The purpose of The Living Room is to encourage and build one another up. This week has been a difficult one for me and I have needed both encouragement and uplifting. While God uses His children in this ministry, the ultimate source for encouragement is His Word. So this week I will let scripture speak for me.
I was drawn to the book of Romans, chapter seven, starting in verse seven through chapter eight. I will highlight a few verses that spoke to me, but I would encourage you to read them all.
Rom.7:15-25 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do, and if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is not longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: when I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am!
What if Paul stopped right there? What if that is what I remembered all the time? I would have no peace, no joy, and I would feel estranged from my Heavenly Father. I would feel worthless and ashamed.
Scripture continues: Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our LORD!….Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death…..And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose…..Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness, or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD.
Even the apostle Paul failed; he sinned but he did not let his mind get “stuck” on his failures and weaknesses. Rather he received what Christ offers all of us, and that is grace, forgiveness, love and freedom from condemnation.
What we bring to mind, remember, affects our attitudes about ourselves and about life. There is peace and joy when we remember whose we are and who we are in Him. ALL THANKS AND PRAISE BE TO GOD, THE FATHER THOUGH JESUS CHRIST HIS SON!
Still a work in progress,