10th Day of Lent 2016

“Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the Lord,
and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.” Ez 18:31

If you are anything like me, you have a hard time giving yourself a break. There is no one person on the face of this Earth that is harder on themselves than me. I tend to have my faults running through my mind, on a constant basis. Partially it the fault of my bad wiring upstairs, but other times, I can control that from happening. I sometimes feel the weight of the world on my shoulders, because of some minor fault that I have, either in my personality, or in something that I have done. I just have such a high standard for myself, I guess.

With this little nugget today, we are supposed to do the contrary. This is about repentance, which is just a fancy word for changing. We are called to acknowledge the past sins of ourselves, readjust our outlook, move forward with correcting them, and let them be in the past. This is one of the hardest things to do. Sometimes we can get swept up on the past, and if you are like me and live with depression, that can actually cause a breakdown. So, for someone like me, having to change our way of thinking about things we have done in the past is very important, yet difficult at the same time. I am pretty sure it is even hard for those without any type of mental hardwiring issues.

In all reality, it boils down to this, God is ready to forgive us, so long as we make the commitment to change, and forgive ourselves.

 

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