Mercy Triumphs over Judgement

This is in response to some posts I’ve been seeing about those who will not apologize. This hurts my spirit. I’m guessing because it hurts the Holy Spirit who resides in each of us who call themselves Christ followers.

“…the greatest of these is love.” I Cor. 13:13

I apologize for those who loved you less because you were gay.

I apologize for those who called themselves Christians, who not only disrespected your beliefs, but also loved you less because of them.

I apologize for living in white privilege without speaking out.

I apologize to those who have lost family members to guns.

I apologize for those who think they have not discriminated, but do so everyday without even knowing it.

Jesus sacrificed (apologized) to the Father for all the sins that would ever exist even though he committed none of them. He apologized to the Father for all the hate crimes committed to any race for any reason even those committed in His name.

I John 2:1 “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

James 2:13 “…mercy triumphs over judgement.”

On that note, this video is amazing. Mercy Triumphs over Judgement Song


A Sign of Freedom

I used to see surrender as a sign of defeat, but it is really a sign of freedom. I’ve been in the habit these past few weeks of giving my anxiety and hurts over to God. I imagine my pain in the form of a writhing worm inside a box. I hand the box over to God and release the anxiety and hurt back to him. I surrender it. The feeling of peace I have after that is amazing.

I started reading a book that’s been around for a few years called Loving our Kids on Purpose, by Danny Silk. I’ve only read Danny’s quotes on Facebook before this book. Our youngest is 15 and our other two are adults so it may seem too late to read this book, but I have learned so much from it. I have learned things I can still pass on to my children and hopefully help them with their own children. But mostly, I’ve learned things about how I relate to God. I’ve learned things about freedom – how important freedom is to the Father and how freedom and relationship works together.

This quote woke me up to God and freedom:

Speaking about Adam and Eve: “Without the option of making a poor choice in that environment, they would not have been free….This story show us the importance of freedom to our loving Father. Without freedom to reject Him, we are powerless to choose Him. Obedience is a choice.”

This got me thinking about choices. I have freedom from God to make choices – good or bad – because of the Cross. I am not powerless. That is a lie from the enemy. I can choose the way of peace. I can choose the way of freedom. I am not trapped in an unhealthy body. I am not trapped in anxiety or fear. I have the freedom to choose to believe the truth and reject the lies.

I love this Bethel song: Freedom

Freedom is ours and we walk it out with every choice we make.