- Melancholy Of Remorse
Micah 7:7-9 - Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. 8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. 9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.
Dear Friend – If you are living with a contrite heart, a broken spirit because of failure, regret over the choices you’ve made or the paths you’ve been stuck in, it’s time to look up for your redemption draws nigh. So often we allow ourselves to wallow in self pity and self condemnation to such a degree we do not even recognize the Light when it is shining down on our situation. It is at these times that we must ask ourselves if the self degradation is accomplishing anything for the good? And the answer to that question is always an overwhelmingly absolute NO! God is so aware of our human frailties and weaknesses. He sent His Son to die while we were yet sinners. In our sinful condition and without hope He sent Jesus to save us and redeem us back to Himself. The sin debt is paid once and for all.
But it is this Love that we so often fail to comprehend when we make mistakes. Perhaps we ask ourselves just how could God love us when we can’t seem to get things right, making the same mistakes over and over, falling into the same traps again and again? But we are asking ourselves the wrong question. The question should be what will God do for me if I trust Him with these weaknesses? What will God do if I am committed fully to Him? Will He come to my aid when I cannot help myself? For God has already established that He loves us unconditionally. His mercy and grace toward us are without repentance. Yet it seems to easier to sit alone in darkness and beat ourselves up when we fall rather than humbly pray for forgiveness. Scripture says what the enemy means for evil, God will use for good. Be encouraged, beloved, for there is good even in our mistakes and shortcomings. We can’t fix it all but God can and we should allow Him to do so.
But if we are dwelling in darkness God will come and be a light to us if we are trusting in Him. We must not allow ourselves to be so contrite and full of remorse that we become unable to function, unable to move forward with our lives. To become morbid or angry with ourselves is not necessary by any standard and God in no way requires such. For on this journey, others are watching us. Those around us are learning of the Lord and His grace and forgiveness by our example. Will we show them God’s love and forgiveness, His total cleansing of whatever stain sin has left in our lives? There is nothing we can do in our own strength that will in any wise save us or cleanse us from sin. But God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we could ask or think so rejoice, for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Arise, get up and continue the spiritual journey with a joyful countenance and great expectations. Forget the things which are behind and reach forth unto those things which are before, press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14).
How precious that God does not look at our situations the way we do. He is so aware of our needs, so aware of our times of spiritual depression and lack, but still He is longing to show Himself strong on our behalf. He longs to fellowship with us. It is not His desire to see any of His children in depression and despair. Just as we would do anything to help our own children if they were hurting in any way, so God shows us the same compassion. His ears are always attentive to our prayers and His arms are always outstretched. We call Him, Abba, Father, which in reality means Daddy.
The scripture above says when we fall we will arise. That’s right. Consider not the fiery trial which is to try you or the weakness in your resolve. But consider the Savior, His ultimate sacrifice, and the gift of the Spirit to comfort us in times of temptation and failure. Settle it in your mind that the sin debt has been paid and don’t look back. Ask forgiveness and receive it then get right back up. We must not waste one moment of this precious gift of life that God has given us on guilt or shame. We must receive all the good that He offers. Scripture says in 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 – Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. So there it is again, consolation, everlasting consolation, and good hope through grace. Let Him establish you in every good word and work. As the song says,” Arise, and go back to your Father’s house”, He is at the door waiting. Beautiful promises, beautiful gifts, ours for the taking!
In His Love,
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