Written by Charles Head Photo by Ben White (unsplash)
I thank God continually that He is rich in mercy and for giving me many second chances. Why? Because, as I go through this journey in this world, it’s very easy to forget who sustains me along the way.
We all have faults, make bad decisions, do things that cause people to be offended or become offended ourselves. The thing that we must keep in mnid is the fact that we all came from Adam (Genesis 1-3). Adam was created with a free will to make his own decisions as the first man on earth. As a result of his bad decisions, we all became a part of his sinful nature along with faults.
My statement does not mean it’s one of a judgmental state, nor does it justify sin, it’s only to point out the fact that we are all born in sin because of the fall and disobedience of Adam, and the fault came along as a package deal.
We all have a lot to be thankful for, the fact that Jesus came to our rescue and took our place in order to keep us from eternal damnation (separated from God in hell forever). These facts should cause us to walk humbly with our attitude on low volume, judgmental spirits, self-righteous actions toward each other. We all carry the label “born with faults and sins.”
Romans 3:22-12 tells that: “even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” There have been ministers of Christ who have, with faults, fail in the pulpit many years ago, repented and been restored with God’s anointing, yet some say “I will not hear them preach anymore.” We must be very careful lest we walk in unforgiveness. If God has forgiven them and restored them, who are we to hold it over their head? We might as well shut our Bibles and not read about Abraham, David, Paul, or Peter, along with others who sinned and had faults.
The justification and restoration of one who has failed is up to God and is a heart matter from each individual. God examines our heart and what’s in our heart we can’t hide from Him. God is the righteous judge (Psalm 139:1-24). We all need our spiritual heart checkup by God and leave the rest to God, faults and all. I love the song written by Dottie Rambo titled: “He Looked Beyond My Faults” read some of the lyrics below:
Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise
For it was Grace that brought my liberty
I’ll never know just why He came to love me so
He looked beyond my faults and saw all my needs
I shall forever lift my eyes to calvary
To view the Cross where Jesus died for me
And how marvelous the Grace that caught my falling soul
He looked beyond my faults and saw all needs
Written by: Georgetta Head
Photo by: Aung SoeMin (unsplash)
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19 KJV)
The scriptures above were written by Apostle Paul. It was his prayer that all Believers would comprehend the understanding of the great “love” God has for them. He knew the love of God and wanted other Believers to be empowered in their hearts and minds with this great love, just as he was the recipient of this love.
The words: to comprehend the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge; says it all. Paul is saying God’s love is immeasurable. We can’t put a price tag on His love and we can’t measure it! These scriptures inform us that God’s love is not depended upon His feelings, He loves us unconditionally. God doesn’t ask us to perform for His love, it is a gift given freely.
By faith, as we allow these four facts to dwell within our hearts and minds, then we will learn to love ourselves and others as God loves us. Remember God doesn’t allow His feelings or performance on our part to decide whether He will love us, He loves us because He is LOVE; God is the Author of LOVE. A love that delights in being in relationship with each of His children. A love that protects and provides for His children. A love that does no harm to His children. A love that never dies!
The world's definition of love is totally different than God's free gift of love. The world loves according to feelings and performance. The world's love is conditional. Which will you choose, the worlds love or God's love?
Friends, by faith allow God’s love to heal you areas that cause you to doubt His love. Once healed you will learn to love self and others. God’s kingdom is love, so let us learn to live a lifestyle of love with self and others, for LOVE is the greatest Gift.
“Journey With The King”
Charles S. Head