God loves you. God loves me.
Sometimes, in all of our mess, we can find this hard to believe. Maybe we're a Christian who has continued to sin in spite of our salvation and we are overcome with guilt. Maybe we aren't saved yet, and we don't think we ever can be saved because of all the horrors we have committed. We think to ourselves, "Obviously God wants to punish me for all of this sin. I deserve death and that's what He'll give me."
"'Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked?' declares the Lord God, 'rather than that he should turn from his ways and live? ...for I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,' declares the Lord God, 'therefore, repent and live.'" (Ezekiel 18: 23, 32)
Do you hear that?
"The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)
He doesn't want you to die in your sin. His desire for you, and for me, is that we would see the error of our ways and go running to Him for forgiveness. Because He can, and will, offer that forgiveness. He'll take us in His loving arms and clean our mess. Create in us something beautiful and glorious that will show the world exactly the kind of God that He is. A loving one.
Welp, that's my thought for the day. I realize I haven't blogged in ages. I was busy over the summer with counseling at church camps, and my niece being born--meaning I now have 2 charges to care for as a nanny. But still, those are just excuses. I fully intend to get back into this whole blogging thing. We'll see how long this lasts. Hopefully forever this time.