Spiritually Speaking… Thank God!

Have you ever thought about just thanking God for being God? I mean, I know at times, I must get on His last nerve and it’s just nice to know that He forgives. One of the truths that I’ve referenced before is that Jesus’ frustration with the apostles sometimes took on a whiff of righteous indignation. After all, how many times did He have to explain, what to Him, was so simple and basic? He was the truth, the light, and the way. What His first followers questioned really must have tried His patience, as I’m sure I do today and will do again tomorrow. Couple that with a behavior that is not always spiritual in purpose and well, you get my point. Plain and simple, I’m a sinner. We all are. I’ve sinned with the best of them and at the end of the day, it’s hard for me to accept that God indeed still loves me.

As my mother might have said, “you come home with your tail between your legs” because you know that she knows that what you’ve been doing is something that you really had no business doing at all. You instinctively find that place where you feel the safest, a place where love supersedes your horrible judgment It’s a place called home. My point is, a true believer must come home. However difficult it might be, confession is what I’m talking about. It continues to be the key to understanding the depth and breadth of God’s love for us, unless you think Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice was a minor detail of salvation. The act of confession seems to give us sinners hope that our missteps, our indiscretions, our out and out failures to comply have a spiritual home to go to. Daddy is waiting up when you get home and His expectation is that you will eventually show up.

“That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess you are saved.” Romans 10:9-10. My point is, you must act after you confess. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. Guys, we must at least attempt to recognize and learn from our mistakes with the certainty that we are already forgiven. That’s the part about being thankful that God is God. Believe it or not, God expects us to make mistakes as you expect your children to. You know they will. But, when you get knocked down or you stumble on your own, you’ve got to get up. God expects you, upon confession, to seek His helping hand and in doing so, let others see that a true follower of Christ will sincerely try to rise above personal passions and worldly aspirations. In this regard and only in this regard, will you overcome this world and enjoy eternal salvation. Believe it or not, confession really is good for the soul. Hey, you gotta come home someday. I’m just saying, today just might be that day.

May God bless and keep you always.

James, jaws@dallasweekly.com