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Day 21: Forgiven Always


I want to~

ALL THE TIME

but I don't~

ALL THE TIME

do what I know I am supposed to do or not do~

ALL THE TIME

because

"I realize that I don’t have what it takes.

I can will it, but I can’t do it.

I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it;

I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway.

My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions.

Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time."

(Romans 7:18-20 The Message)

I want to~

ALL THE TIME

but I don't~

ALL THE TIME

do what I know I am supposed to do or not do~

ALL THE TIME

because

"I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes" (Romans 7:17 The Message)

Now I didn't rob a bank & I am not thinking about doing it~

as it is those "little" crimes we commit~

that do no harm to anyone else~

and most of the time no one even knows

except me and

GOD.

I want to~

ALL THE TIME

but I don't~

ALL THE TIME

do what I know I am supposed to do or not do~

ALL THE TIME

when I fall short of what I expect of myself

because I know that I have fallen short of what

GOD

asks for me to do or not to do.

But

I want to~

ALL THE TIME

but I don't~

ALL THE TIME

do what I know I am supposed to do or not do~

ALL THE TIME

and

GOD knows that

and tells us to~

"Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust." (Proverbs 4:23-27 The Message)

I want to~

ALL THE TIME

but I don't~

ALL THE TIME

do what I know I am supposed to do or not do~

ALL THE TIME

but

"Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Romans 7:25)

Because

GOD knows me & GOD knows you oh so well

& how we will stumble and fall short

when we know what to do, but do something else instead~

even if it as silly as breaking a

RESOLUTION

we may have made 21 days ago or robbing a bank

as

HE

forgives

ALL THE TIME

because

JESUS KEEPS HIS RESOLUTIONS~

"If we [freely] admit that we have sinned & confess our sins, HE is faithful & just

[true to HIS own nature and promises], &

will forgive our sins & cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness

[our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with HIS will & purpose]" (I John 1:9)

So~

HAVE YOU FORGIVEN YOURSELF?


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