As per usual, as I journeyed through this week, several instances of the same type of thing kept occurring. By now, multiples like this catch my attention. Straightway, I go the Lord and ask, “Lord, what is the meaning if this?” “What is the underlying message?”, “What would You have me take away from these observances?”
Who hasn’t approached a chore or a process or some other negligible, seemingly insignificant task only to wind up tripping, spilling, missing or demolishing the whole shebang? When we have those happenstances, we turn red, we shriek at the mess. Sometimes, we get mad ourselves, sometimes we just laugh at the folly. sometimes it sets us on a course or reliving the moment with embarrassment, disappointment, and dejection.
If we are not careful we can sustain that negative energy field, the self-mortifying enactment within. What good can come of continuing in that pattern of downward spiral unto a downtrodden spirit?
Isn’t this also the case with those that harbour sin in their hearts?! They are compelled to relive the terrible things they have done and seek to further bury them, rather than to clean it up or surrender to God for assistance in how to avoid, move past or protect oneself from such messes.
Life is messy. No one is perfect. We all have moments of less than stellar performance, whether that be in word, actions, thought, deed, activity or service. How will we react in those moments?! How will we recover and regroup?! Will we learn?! Will we grow?! Will we seek to become more adept and skilled or will we dismiss our mistakes or run from accountability?! Will we be gracious with ourselves and others or will we be deprecating?
How do we treat those who mess up toward us or in our presence? Are we forgiving, forbearing and helpful to restore them? Do we criticize them, resurrect it and torment them with it? We ought to be mindful of how to best treat those circumstances, in the knowledge that we too at some point have been or will be on the other side of that coin.
Mess ups are opportunities for correction or fuel for folly. We get to choose how we will redeem those moments. Will they work to our advantage or will they be the snare unto further ruination?
Psalm 51:2-4 Thoroughly wash me, inside and out, of all my crooked deeds. Cleanse me from my sins. For I am fully aware of all I have done wrong, and my guilt is there, staring me in the face. It was against You, only You, that I sinned, for I have done what You say is wrong, right before Your eyes. So when You speak, You are in the right. When You judge, Your judgments are pure and true
Proverbs 28:13-14 Whoever tries to hide his sins will not succeed, but the one who confesses his sins and leaves them behind will find mercy. Happy is the one who always fears the Lord, but the person who hardens his heart to God falls into misfortune.
1 John 1:9-2:1 If we make it our habit to confess our sins, in his faithful righteousness he forgives us for those sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have never sinned, we make him a liar and his word has no place in us. My little children, I’m writing these things to you so that you might not sin. Yet if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus, the Messiah, one who is righteous.
Psalm 103:8-11 The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
James 3:2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
1 John 1:8 If we say that we do not have any sin, we are deceiving ourselves and we’re not being truthful to ourselves.
Hebrews 10:26-27 If we decide to go on sinning after we have learned the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins. There is nothing but fear in waiting for the judgment and the terrible fire that will destroy all those who live against God.
Galatians 6:7-9 Do not be fooled: You cannot cheat God. People harvest only what they plant. f they plant to satisfy their sinful selves, their sinful selves will bring them ruin. But if they plant to please the Spirit, they will receive eternal life from the Spirit. We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time if we do not give up.
Proverbs 24:16 Though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin.
James 1:22-24 Do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves. Those who hear God’s teaching and do nothing are like people who look at themselves in a mirror. They see their faces and then go away and quickly forget what they looked like.2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed you fail to meet the test!Psalm 37:23-24 The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.Job 5:17
“Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O LORD, And whom You teach out of Your law;
2 Timothy 4:2
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
Correct me, O LORD, but with justice; Not with Your anger, or You will bring me to nothing.
For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also delight your soul.
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority Let no one disregard you.
Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
Have a very blessed week in Christ Jesus!