I feel very sorry for those who don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ! They’re missing so much. Why, just the other day, I knelt down beside my bedside, and confessed to God that I had been trying to carry a burden that I was never intended to carry. I “let go” of some people in my life, which was a burden that had been weighing me down. I found such incredible freedom in that confession, and in the “giving over” process (amid much tears), that I could have written a book! (Maybe I will. I still reserve the right to do just that!) Wow. You should have seen me. I was “flying high”. I still am. It is amazing. God is just “so incredible”. Now here’s the best part of all. This relationship that I am describing lasts an eternity. My friend, perhaps you have not fathomed that. Perhaps you have not imagined that. But here, let me tell you a true story of something that happened to me.
Many years ago, after having come to know the Lord as my personal Lord and Savior, I remember gazing out through the window, and looking up into the sky. I had been through some really rough times, and had passed through a very difficult phase of my life. There I was standing, looking into the sky, and meditating on the fact that God, our God, our loving God and Savior, would always be my heavenly father. I would never be alone, ever, ever, again, now that I had come to put my trust in him, now that I had received Jesus Christ into my life, as my personal Lord and Savior. Wow. What an amazing thought that was! This was not like man’s earthly kingdom’s, in which relationships “came and went”. Rather, this was the eternal, heavenly, kingdom, in which relationships were established for, literally, “all eternity”. (See what I mean by feeling very sorry for those who don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ on a personal level?)
That difficult phase was accompanied by much suffering, and much need to forgive people, and to “let go” (something like I’ve described above). It felt like more, but I think it was roughly every three or four days (or sometimes maybe a week), I would be down on my knees, or laid out on the floor somewhere — in utter tears. Sometimes this would last for hours. Now these were **not** tears of grief, which lead to despair, but these were the type of tears that the Bible says lead to something that is good. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10) And this stuff really is a joy, for, although there is “much pain” that is involved in all of it (as one allows God to bring the pain to the fore that needs to be repented of), yet it is a “catharsis”, or “cleansing”, of sorts. Those tears are healing tears, and lead to wellness on a general level, including physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual healing — ie. the healing of the whole person, that is — mind, body, soul, and spirit.
So where are you and I today in our spiritual walk with God? Perhaps we have found him, but we have not found him to the extent that I have described above. It is my personal conviction that, depending on where you have “come from,” you may need “more or less” of the deep type of repentance that I am referring to. This cleansing of the heart involves confession of sin, of wrongdoing. But it also involves getting to know your heavenly Father on a very personal basis — for who could ever truly “repent” of their sins without first establishing a relationship with God as loving heavenly father? As Jesus said, “I came that they might have life, and that abundantly.” (John 10:10) And, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the FATHER but by me.” (John 14:6) In other words, we need to come to Jesus, in order to have life. But WHEN we come to him, he BRINGS US to the father. Today, if you call yourself a Christian, know for certain that the FATHER loves you, and that Jesus has brought you to HIM in order that you might find an everlasting comfort. Like I did just recently, in fact, you may freely cast all your cares on him, for he cares for you.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
“Make another person envious. Trust in God today.”