UnknownFor the last seven weeks I’ve participated in Lisa-Jo Baker’s “Five-Minute Friday” (you can find all my Five Minute Friday posts in the ‘related posts’ at the bottom). The concept is simple:

Write for 5 minutes, straight from the heart, on a given subject – and then share it.

No edits, no marinading or reflecting – just write and share.

If you’re a writer or blogger, I’d heartedly recommend it – it really challenges and helps you grow as a writer. It’s most definitely helped me.

The topics which Lisa-Jo comes up with each week have a funny way of calling out something God has been doing in my life that week, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. It’s strange that way – and it’s one reason I love it.

Today’s theme is ‘Comfort’. I hope you like the post, and please do let me know your thoughts in the comments below. So here goes:

When you’re a Christian, it’s very easy to get a particular image of God. A God who is simply waiting to punish us, holding on to catch us out. So when we inevitably screw up – which, let’s face it, we all do – it’s easy to go beyond taking responsibility and to punish ourselves. I’ve done this many a time.

Been convicted of something I’ve done wrong, then punished myself. It’s not done any good. All it’s done is made the issue worse. Instead of actually dealing with the issue, I’ve become depressed, negative and lost all confidence. And that’s not condusive to growth.

What we’re called to do is take responsibility for our dark side, and commit to positive change.

We aren’t called to punish ourselves. We aren’t called to judge ourselves. And God isn’t sitting there waiting to punish us. He’s sitting there waiting to love us. Forgive us. Comfort us. And transform us.

We simply need to own the truth about ourselves and our actions. Then, choose to live differently.

We need to understand the grace of God for us in these circumstances. Because when we own our dark side, then we experience grace. We receive the comfort of God.

Even the time we are feeling at our lowest, ashamed of our actions

there is comfort. Safety.

We are at home.

God doesn’t work to the same standard the rest of the world does. All God asks is we take responsibility for our actions.

And this allows us to be transformed.

Even if we didn’t, He’s still love us. He’d still comfort us in our sorrow. He’d still be willing to  forgive us.

But do we really want to stand still? Do we want to stagnate? Do we want to stay the same? Or do we want to be transformed? Do we want to grow? To know God more intimately and discover our divine identity.

And discover the depth of God’s love, grace and comfort?

Because it’s only owning our shadow, taking responsibility for our mistakes, which makes this possible. It’s not that God’s love or blessing is conditional – it’s always there – but when we don’t own our shadow, we prevent ourselves receiving the fullness of this blessing. As we’re not being honest with either God or ourselves.

And this is damaging.

Do you want to be transformed? Do you want to know true comfort?

Or do you want to stagnate? And only receive a glimpse of the unconditional love, grace and comfort available to you?

It’s up to you.

 

 

 

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James Prescott

Hi, I’m James. I live near London. I’m a fan of good food, comic-book movies, & books. I love to write, and I coach other writers & creative people. Thank you for being part of my community. read more...