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The Point of No Return?

As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 

A Royal Mess. Perhaps when you were younger, your mother told you to clean your room. This command was all too familiar to me. Along with the mandate to clean my room were the words,  "a royal mess." Sometimes, those words or similar phrases haunt us, but they no longer speak to the condition of our room. Often these words accurately depict and describe the attitude of our hearts. Looking back, a messy room was much easier to handle than a depraved heart. 

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Farther Than the Eye Can See ~ Greater than the Mind Can Fathom

A Regret Remembered. Often when we are responsible for the "royal mess" we experience deep regret and remorse for the resulting turmoil. If only we could do that particular part of life over again, maybe things would be different. If only we had allowed the Holy Spirit to control our heart and the utterances of our tongue, maybe life would be better and others would be blessed. Why did we give in to the fleeting moment of our depraved heart's desires? Whatever possessed us to relinquish our surrender to the Father and serve our own demanding purposes? And, what we thought was a simple and fleeting action has become the object of our guilt and remorse; the action that spoke of the condition of our heart and is irrevocable.

The Resilient Redemption. It is in the midst of these times, that we are desperate for His grace, mercy, forgiveness, and renewal. It is only by the work of the Holy Spirit, that a heart change will occur. Certainly, this is not a hopeless situation; God, in Christ, overcame death and took on the penalty of sin and rose victoriously on the third day. Certainly, we have a great hope in Christ that no matter how deep, or wide, our depraved heart has taken us, there is still room at the cross for us. (I John 1:9) We may still deal with the consequences of our "royal messes" but we have a Father who is always willing to work with a broken and contrite heart. (Psalm 51:17) We have a Heavenly Father who gently draws us back to His side and longs to work with the imperfections of a sinful heart and make us more like Himself. We never reach the point of no return; His love and forgiveness are unending!

When plagued by your regrets of yesterday, remember your redemption through Christ is present for you today.


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