Friday, January 14, 2011

Forgive Me

Sometimes the harsh reality hits us that we are ALL imperfect humans. We will hurt, disappoint, and let each other down multiple times throughout this life. And we not only do this to each other but to our heavenly Father as well. All of this is caused by sin, giving in to our own desires, and our unwillingness to completely submit to God in every area of our lives.

This song called "Forgive Me" hit me like a wall of bricks when I heard it this week. It tells the story of a man and the role he plays as a father, a husband, and a child of God. A man with imperfections, who makes mistakes daily, yet he doesn't give up. He continues to seek God, ask for forgiveness and do what it takes to become a better man each day.

A Message For The Fathers & Mothers
"Oh, my son, look at what I've done". This man looks at his child in disbelief about something that he has or hasn't done. Maybe he wasn't there for his son the way that he should've been as a father. Emotionally, physically, spiritually, whatever the case may be, he feels somewhat like he has failed. I am not a parent...but I can imagine that these feelings are pretty common for those out there who are. Raising a child is not an easy task, I have no doubt about that. We have no reason to expect someone to be perfect and without fault in this area. What we can expect however, is the perseverance of a parent to continue growing in that role. He says to his son, "but I am learning still....know that I am learning still". He admitted to not knowing everything, but also to the fact that he wasn't giving up. It's not the falling that causes you to fail, but rather the choice to stay down. We cannot continue losing our will to fight for our families!! God will lead us, love us, and continue to forgive us if we just put our own weaknesses aside and allow him to work through us. Are we as men, women, mothers, and fathers fighting the fight to become what God has called us to be?? Or are we defeating ourselves by taking things into our own hands, losing focus, and letting our emotions rule our choices?

A Message For The Husbands & Wives
Through times of difficulty, struggles, hardships, loneliness, and all the ups and downs of a relationship, he says to her, "Oh, my wife, you are my life." This is a man who understands and believes in the commitment of marriage and what God truly intended for it to be. It truly boggles my mind the lack of importance that people put on marriage vows these days. And especially those of us who claim to know and follow Christ. I'm not naive, and I do understand that certain circumstances call for drastic measures. I'm not here to judge anyone. But my heart breaks entirely for those who will give up so easily under the circumstances of "lost feelings" or "falling out of love". Seriously?!? I admire the man who chooses to live life like the man in this song. Through all the imperfections he is still a man of honor. Realizing that what God has joined together...He will prove faithful to restore if we submit it to His hands. Even when the light from the flame may be dim...he says "I'm burning still...know that I am burning for you still". At times our circumstances can cause loneliness, emptiness, and feelings will change towards the one that we love...but in the long run it's your choice what happens to that flame. Feelings come and go, but love is a choice. You can choose to go your own way, walk away, break your vow and put out that flame. Or, you can take responsibility for the choice that you made to love and cherish til death do us part, honor your vows that you made before God, and allow Him to re-ignite, revive, and renew your relationship like only He can do. There are so many broken marriages because we as humans have chosen not to submit to God in this area. We don't trust Him to be able to do the work that He says He will do. And therefore we make a huge mess of things. I don't want to be a part of the mess. I want to be a witness to what can happen when through thick and thin, I submit every part of my life to God and his intentions for me. I need his guidance!

A Message For All Of God's Children
This life is filled with things that tempt us every day here on this earth. He cries out "Oh, my God, how you make it hard, not to pick the apple". From the beginning of time, we as humans have not been very good at resisting temptations. It all started with Adam and Eve in the garden with an apple. We were weak then, and we are weak now. It's a constant battle of satisfying our flesh versus our spirit. What is your apple? Will you let it continue to control you, or will you admit to your weakness and learn how to deny your flesh and strengthen your spirit? Like the song says, Satan knows when you are on "shaky land" and when you are "lost and unsure". He knows just the right time to deceive in order for us to actually start considering his options. Don't believe the lies...we have to stop believing him! What looks good only lasts for a small amount of time, and then we are left with the enormous consequences that come from his world. It always leads to regret and somewhere down the road we are crying out to God saying, "Lord I long to give it back". The apple is never worth it! Thankfully we serve a God and have a heavenly Father who is full of compassion and mercy, who's love is never ending and will never fail us. We can run back to him always knowing that he will be there. Because he loves us that much.

This is a bit of a harsh reality of the things we struggle with from day to day. But, it's time to stop sugar coating things. We NEED our heavenly Father. We are a MESS without Him, and we need His forgiveness and guidance. We cannot resist Satan and his desire to destroy our lives if we are not fully submitted to God. The bottom line is this. The man realizes that the only way to live is by humbling himself. Before God, his wife, and also his son. Understanding his priorities, where they lie, and asking for forgiveness. "All, all, all of my light is for you. Home, home's anywhere you are too. So take this one fallen man on his knees...saying please...Forgive Me". Nothing we do is too much for God's forgiveness. He can restore anything to life if we let Him!
James 4:7-10 "So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be Sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up."

This is my anthem. Lord hear my heart. Humble me. Guide me. Lead me to your truth.
Psalm 25
"O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in You, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in You will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for You are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in You. Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord. The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness and who keep his covenant and obey his demands. For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins. Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose. They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land. The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies. Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from the all! Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins. See how many enemies I have and how viciously they hate me! Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not be disgraced, for in you I take refuge. May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you."

1 comment:

  1. So awesome, deep truth & passion. Love it & you Chi :)