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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 3: A Second To Forgive


WOULD HAVE

&

COULD HAVE

&

SHOULD HAVE,

the words of

THE PAST.

THE PAST that has already PAST

and can not be relived again,

unless you continue to

relive it in your mind.

But RELIVING the PAST

is

REGURGITATING the PAST

which brings

THE PAST into the PRESENT,

which means that you are not

LIVING IN THE PRESENT.

Now that was a mouthful.

So what if you

WOULD HAVE done ___________ instead of ___________,

and

COUD HAVE done ___________ instead of ___________,

and

SHOULD HAVE done ___________ instead of___________?

Hmm.

Yes, things could be different,

but would things be better?

Only GOD knows.

For there is only

 ONE

regret of

THE PAST

that is definitely the

 BIGGEST

"if only"

 that you wish you

WOULD HAVE

COULD HAVE

SHOULD HAVE

done,

if you haven't already done,

that has ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES.

It is so Christian-ese

but it is SIMPLY TRUTH~

"If you openly declare that JESUS IS LORD

and BELIEVE in your heart that GOD raised HIM from the dead,

you will be saved"

 (Romans 10:8-9).

Can't you breathe easier

when you KNOW that you not only KNOW

but you

REALLY BELIEVE

that

JESUS IS YOUR SAVIOR.

I can't even imagine my life without JESUS.

I wasted so many SECONDS of my life

that wish I

WOULD HAVE KNOWN JESUS

as my SAVIOR,

when I just knew HIM as a man on a cross who was at church.

I wasted so my SECONDS of my life that

I COULD HAVE

followed JESUS

instead of following my own self.

I wasted so my SECONDS of my life that

I SHOULD HAVE

listened to my aunt,

as she kept telling me about JESUS,

but I blew her off as I thought I had JESUS,

when I only had religion and not a relationship.

But I finally did HEAR her words, at the age of 32,

when GOD took me to the end of myself

so that I KNEW I NEEDED HIM.

Oh GOD is so GOOD,

that HE wants NO ONE TO PERISH,

that HE never gave up on me,

as HE never gives up on any of HIS CHILDREN,

for EVERY PERSON that has ever been born is

 HIS CHILD.

FOR GOD is the CREATOR of ALL.  

Can you imagine how GRIEVED GOD

must have been in the garden,

when HIS first two kids disobeyed HIM

and took the bite of the forbidden fruit.

Ouch!

Oh GOD had to be so GRIEVOUS,

that HE made a PROMISE

that HE WOULD

send a

REDEEMER

to right all wrongs,

when

HE

COULD HAVE

stopped humanity in that second.

BUT because

GOD is GOOD

HE sent JESUS to

erase every

COULD HAVE

WOULD HAVE

SHOULD HAVE

with the

GIFT OF FORGIVENESS

that covers

every

REGRET of THE PAST. 

What if this very SECOND you took this MOMENT

to

RECEIVE

HIS FORGIVENESS for

a WOULD HAVE

COULD HAVE

SHOULD HAVE 

that is keeping you stuck in the PAST. 

What if in this very next SECOND you took this very MOMENT

to

GIVE HIS FORGIVENESS

to someone who you wish you

WOULD HAVE

COULD HAVE

SHOULD HAVE

FORGIVEN in THE PAST. 

What if in this very next SECOND you took this very MOMENT

to

FORGIVE GOD

for what you wish

HE WOULD HAVE

HE COULD HAVE

HE SHOULD HAVE

done for you that HE hasn't done for you,

in the way you wish HE WOULD.

Oh THREE NEW SECONDS of pure JOY

that you will no longer have any

 REGRETS

because

FORGIVENESS springs forth

 a NEW BEGINNING

to LIVE LIFE as GOD intended.

For when you make

JESUS your

WOULD HAVE

COULD HAVE

SHOULD HAVE

you have nothing to lose,

but

the weight of THE PAST.

Therefore,

"Brothers and sisters,

I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.

But one thing I do:

 Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead" (Philippians 3:13-14)

because

FORGIVENESS makes

this very SECOND

and the next SECOND

am every SECONF after that

 A HAPPY NEW JOYFUL MOMENT

that takes you into

 FOREVER,

because

if you and I

"GOT JESUS"*

we have it all!

*(listen to the song below)



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