In between awake and asleep, this morning, God spoke to me, "Those who are forgiven much love much". I marveled to think that is what God would choose to say to me, in that moment, as I tried to push away the mental fog of sleep.
Yes, God that is true, but why are you telling me, I wondered? Then, He showed me that in all my failures, in all my sins He has taken all of it to birth in me the kind of love I have prayed many years for.
A deep love full of compassion for the lost and wounded. A deep love that is able to empathize with the broken and fallen because I have been the broken and the fallen. A deep love that is able to look past the sins of others, and see through eyes of mercy and grace because of the mercy and grace that He has extended to me.
He didn't lead me into sin to make me stronger. He took all that was intended to destroy me and used it for my good, though. How can one know what broken souls need unless they have known it for themselves?
So, today, I thank God for all I have been through. I even thank Him for the foolish choices I made, that broke me, so that He could come and rebuild me.
God, I pray for those that need to know the kind of Father You truly are. One who is so full of love that You would take our ugly brokenness and sin and make beauty from it.
Help others to know that kind of love and acceptance. Help them to know that it is Your love that heals them and changes them, not Your anger or wrath.
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:4 - 2 days ago