Friday, December 10, 2010

deadly questions

For more than a week I have had some questions that have not been able to leave my mind.  These are huge.  They make lots of sense as I get honest about how they ask them.  You can read the original post HERE.

Mike Foster wrote the post that hit my heart.  How many of us will admit that these have come across our minds?  Now, read the questions:

  • What will people think if I take my cheating spouse back?
  • What will people think if I forgive the person that took advantage of me?
  • What will people think if I move on from my mistakes and find happiness again?
  • What will people think if I admit I'm addicted to pain killers?
  • What will people think if I walk down the aisle of a church and surrender my life to God?

The fact is that these questions, the truth behind them will kill the work of God and His grace in our lives.  For a long time we have lied to ourselves and to others that things are OK.  We have no problems.  Yet in each of us there is trouble we've dealt with.  As I have said before, there are holes in our lives that need to be filled by God.

We believe people will judge us or think less of us or not be our friends.  Maybe we have lied to ourselves so long that we think the stuff we do or the things we deal with aren't a problem when they really are.  It is time to believe what God says.  It is time to accept His grace and His goodness for our lives.  Why not make this Christmas different by accepting and living in as well as giving the grace of God to others.

Hebrews 4:16 NLT
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Galatians 2:21 NLT
I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.

Romans 4:5 NLT
But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.

Colossians 3:13 NLT
Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Who needs the grace of God around you today?  Have you asked one of these or another deadly question?  They are deadly because they kill the grace of God in our lives or in the life of the person that asks it.

Receive God's grace and give God's grace.  Deal with those deadly questions.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What if you found out that the person was a fraudster and conman, who portrays himself as a man of God and has caused so many problems with the people he has cheated and lied too. He has a history of deception but continues to trick our Christian brothers, with his lies and deceit. It seems that if someone tells us they are a Christian and believer of Jesus Christ, we believe that person, we welcome him into our midst without the slightest consideration to his real persona. It's only after the fact when we have discovered the lies, that we begin to wonder how we were deceived.

happy birthday, Julie

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