Because of the Lord; Guest Piece

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24 NIV)

When I look in the mirror each day, I am challenged to look beyond what I see in an attempt to try to visualize what Christ sees in me. As I rise in the morning, I am reminded that God found a purpose for me. He believes that I am capable. He believes that I am useable. He believes that I can bring Him glory. And I am reminded that I should believe those things as well.

However, in the past, I would find myself not allowing a new day to be just that- a new day.  I was so weighed down by the things I did wrong yesterday or last week or even last year that it was almost impossible for me to fully take advantage of the day I was currently in. I would always find myself praying for forgiveness over and over for things that I had done long ago. And it wasn't because I wasn't sincere in my repentance- because I was- but I guess a part of me always struggled with forgiving myself, and as a result I felt like it was difficult for Christ to forgive me, too.

Lamentations 3:22-24 reminds us that God's mercy is not set up like that. It is new every day. Every.  Single.  Day. And so is His love; it never gives up on us, even when we have given up on ourselves.  We must learn to commit to loving, and forgiving ourselves just as Christ loves and forgives us.  

In Luke 6:36, the word says, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”  Therefore, we should be rich in mercy towards others, but also towards ourselves.  

So, the next time you find yourself looking in the mirror, remember to dig deep- beyond the flaws, the mistakes, and the unattractive parts of yourself that you may see -and strive to see the incredible things that Christ sees. God is in love with us no matter our circumstance. He is fully committed to looking past our wrongs and seeing everything about us that is right. Accept the true liberty and new beginnings we have in Jesus.

{Photo: @elissagram} 
{Author: @__smileyface}

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About the Author:

Shawana Rivers is a 31 year old mother of 3 beautiful children, and a wife of 8 years to an incredible man. She loves Jesus Christ because He truly saved her life (and yours). Shawana resides in Philadelphia with her family.


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