Hi all! This is my first post and I hope you enjoy. This is an article (and now it’s a blog) that I wrote a while back. Soli Deo Gloria
One day I was reading in my bible about the laws for peace (or sin) offerings in Leviticus and when they got through the laws of what the leaders of Israel and other important figures had to do they got to the everyday people. The “common” people as my Bible put it. And it said that they must give a goat or lamb spotless, without a speck of blemish. And this was for every time they did anything against the ten commandments unintentionally. It got me thinking, “I would be out of goats so fast!”
I am considered a “good girl” I defiantly don’t go around killing people and I don’t steal. I don’t go around trying to break the ten commandments or anything, but I know that I fall so short. At the end of the day I have regrets, things I wished I wouldn’t of done, things I wished I would have done, and stinky attitudes.
Every day I worship my idols, I put other thing before God. I tell God no and tell myself that other things are more important than spending time with him. I don’t always honor my parents either (I don’t know any teenager who always kept that one). And there are others I struggle with too. On a daily basis I break so many of the ten commandments, but we as Christians are so blessed.
Instead of giving a goat or a lamb EVERY time we do anything wrong we can come to Jesus. He has been our sacrifice and through the cross we are forgiven. It is truly amazing! We are free from our sins, and we are free from the guilt that comes along with sin too. We are 100% forgiven. And as it says in Psalms 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Now the east and the west never meet. They are as far apart as can be, they’re parallel.
Now we will still have to face consequences for our stupid actions but God has forgiven us. Think of our parents. When we were little(and even now) and did naughty things our parents forgave us, but they still disciplined us. If they never disciplined us we would turn out as spoiled brats. It’s the same way with God. He loves us and forgives us but he also disciplines us but not because he hates us or wants us to be miserable but because he loves us and wants us to learn from our mistakes.
If he never disciplined us we would take advantage of God and become brats. We would also never learn from our mistakes. Doesn’t it feel so good to think that God will always forgive us? He has done it once and for all, and all we have to do is ask. All we have to do is repent. Or course we need to do a 180 too. We need to turn from our sins (that is a big part of repenting).
None of us will ever be perfect but with God’s help we can become more and more like Christ. Which is something we are commanded to do(1 Thessalonians 4:1). If Christ has redeemed us we will want to serve him and become more like him. One of my favorite quotes is “God only asks one thing from us, everything. The reason God can ask everything of us is because he gave everything.”
The point of all of this is be thankful. We don’t realize how amazing it is that we are forgiven. Take time just to thank God for His grace and mercy. It’s an amazing thing. Also, be thankful that we don’t have to sacrifice goats and lambs. We all know we would be out of them before we could blink.
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