Have you ever begun a project that you did not finish? Life happens right? As I sit at my desk I am reminded of the multiple tasks still staring me in the face. What if you have unfinished business with God? When I was sixteen years old, one of my best friends was killed in an accident. She was thrown from the car and died immediately. All the other passengers survived including the driver who was drunk. The three remaining victims lost a piece of themselves that night. The seventeen year old driver returned to school with a stigma that was unbearable. In fact, we all returned to school and mourned the loss of our Homecoming Queen.
What happened next, was a media frenzy. News reports and articles were headline news for a while then we all started to talk about it less often. Sadly, this is one of those times that was unfinished. The bible describes hell for non-believers “as torment with fire and brimstone.” (Revelations 14:10) Pure agony. You cannot revise the outcome. We don’t know Hell and its accommodations, but in the bible it is described as eternal loneliness and torture. We owe this explanation to God. The Bible has never been wrong. When we don’t use its context strictly as our guide for life, we are unfinished. When we rebel against God hell is imminent. We have our whole lives to choose this gift that could affect our eternal life.
As believers we should rejoice in knowing that we will be free from the torment and pain we have in this life. Many christians have doubts about what God is bringing into their life. If you do not repent, this becomes unfinished business. We are forever changing. The solid foundation we are set upon should continue to bear fruit. We will always have unfinished business until we go t heaven. When we ignore situations and the people involved we miss the opportunity to finish the most important reason God has us here on earth.
A Grandmother Is sitting on the bed of a 10-year-old boy whose father had just left the home due to infidelity. The boy stood in front of her motionless and emotionally drained. She asked the boy to close his eyes and think of his father. After many half-hearted attempts he closed his eyes tight and thought. Once he had the memory that he cherished the most, she asked him to hold out his arms and grab that memory and pull it tightly to his chest. The boy did as he was told. With profound concentration, he opened his eyes. She asked him to hold that memory tight in his hand and put it in the pocket of his cloths. There the memory would stay. It would be there for him anytime he needed it.
God made us perfect. Although, we are all sinners, we are still God’s servants. and we are instructed to forgive. No sin has more value than another. We have all broken the commandments of God at some point in our lives. Some people are reminded of their sin everyday by the choices they have made.
The most difficult part of life for me is forgiveness. We work at clearing our heart of all the demons and the people we hurt , but do we really forget? God’s grace gives us the power to do that. The bible says, not only does God forgive but he also banishes the memory. He remembers it no more. (Isaiah 43:25.)
Bitterness and hatred can consume anybody. We are all born with God’s purpose in mind. Although the path we choose can be a result of our circumstances, God has a will for the situation you are in. Even if the choice you make has brought you down, look up. Give God’s grace a try. Forgiveness and repentance are gifts we all have. Forgive yourself one step at a time……
Maybe a child right now is holding on tight to a memory of you.
English: Christ is tempted by Satan. The engraved drawing was by Jacob de Wit after Peter Paul Rubens. 1711-12. School: Dutch. This print is from a group of 36 drawings after Peter Paul Rubens’ ceiling panels in the Jesuit Church, Antwerp, for engraving and publication by Jan Punt. Dimensions: height: 340 millimetres; width: 403 millimetres. http://www.archive.org/details/TheBowyerBible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Gustave Doré, Depiction of Satan, the antagonist of John Milton’s Paradise Lost c. 1866 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today was bad, I am having emotional breakdowns. I have been at home for the last three months due to my lupus. As, The world continued around me. I feel like I am standing still. Am I a victim of my circumstances? Quickly I would answer yes. If my job was not so demanding, if my husband would just listen to me, or if my children never misbehaved my life would be perfect.
Truthfully, our circumstances do not make us who we are. It just helps us reveal what we are. I am a tired, grumpy mother of two little boys that find a way to always fight with my husband and I. Oh, the differences we have with discipline. If you have children with disabilities life is never simple. Discipline is never the same. God has brought these circumstances into my life to change me and to show me what I am really like.
Satan tries to convince us the only way to change is to find a different circumstance. We feel we would be happier if our circumstances were different. Lie!
Truth is, if we are not happy in our current circumstances we won’t be happy in another place. By convincing use our circumstances are unnecessary satan can control our resentment and anger.
I need to be content in my life. Whether I have plenty or little. It seems so simple. But, it really is. We make life harder for ourselves. Believe God’s truth and show satan who controls your life.
- The free-will choice (reflectionsforthesoul.com)