sometimes, when i'm down or i've sinned, i doubt God's love and forgiveness. i fear the wrath of an angry God. (yes sis, i'm not immune.)
i worry about what God would say to me if i were to meet with Him. i hope that He would comfort me, forgive me, hug me. but i'm afraid that He would judge me, condemn me, reject me.
last saturday, we started our class on Pastoral Leadership with a meditation on Matthew 11:28-30:
"come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. for My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
and these were my thoughts (best read, in my opinion, slowly and thoughtfully):
- He loves
- He accepts
- He forgives
- He unburdens
- He sets free
- He redeems
- He gives rest
- He teaches
- He transforms
- He harnesses
- He works: in us, thru us, with us.
may i remember this next time i'm down. and i hope that you were refreshed, as i was, by this sometimes-too-familiar passage. =)