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Aftermath

Posted: February 12, 2019 in cross, death, Health, life, love, music, religion, words
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Devastation, destruction, chaos, uncertainty – just a few words you might think of when you read the title of today’s blog post.

Do you think those words would have applied after Christ died on the cross?

In a moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

The aftermath of Christ’s death is forgiveness for each of us, no matter how huge or insignificant our sins may be. What a wonderful aftermath! However it came at a cost for God, as he had to sacrifice his only son for us.

Aftermath by Hillsong

[Verse 1:]
The skies lay low where You are
On the earth You rest Your feet
Yet the hands that cradle the stars
Are the hands that bled for me

[Chorus 1:]
In a moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

[Verse 2:]
Freedom found in Your scars
In Your grace my life redeemed
For You chose to take the sinner’s crown
As You placed Your crown on me

[Chorus 2 :]
In that moment of glorious surrender
Was the moment You broke the chains in me
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

And in that moment You opened up the heavens
To the broken the beggar and the thief
Lifted out of the wreckage
I find hope in the aftermath

[Bridge:]
And I know that You’re with me
Yes I know that You’re with me here
And I know Your love will light the way

[Chorus 3:]
Now all I have I count it all as loss
But to know You and to carry the cross
Knowing I’m found
In the light of the aftermath

Yesterday I gave you a definition of a Christian provided by Frederick Buechner. Today I have another quote for you about what it actually means to be a Christian, this time from C.S. Lewis.

We all do and say things which are wrong. We sin.

Our friends, our family, our colleagues, may forgive us when we say and do things which hurt them. That’s forgiveness.

God goes even further than any friend, family member or colleagues would ever go – He’s prepared to forgive everything we do that is wrong, regardless of how heinous or inexcusable it may be.

It’s because God is prepared to forgive all our inexcusable wrongs, that we too must try to forgive even the inexcusable. It’s hard, I know, but if God can forgive us for all the wrongs we do, surely we can try to forgive everyone else?

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. ~ Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)

How long is it since you rode a bike?

How long is it since you last went for swim, and not just on holiday but actually do some lengths of pool?

Even if it’s been a while since you last did either of those things, once you start again, I’m sure you’ll it’ll feel as if you never stopped doing them. i.e. you’ll ride a bike as easily as you did and remember your swim strokes as if you’ve been practicing daily.

In the same way, even it’s been a while since you knelt before God and ask for his forgiveness, so it is just easy for us to kneel before God today. So if it’s been a while since you sought God, don’t think God will have forgotten you, or you’ll not know what to say to God, as God will always welcome you, and so will make it easy for you to come to Him.

God forgives us no matter what we’ve done. If God can forgive us of anything, why can we not forgive others when they hurt us?

That makes it sound as if it should be really easy to forgive others, doesn’t? But in reality when someone hurts us really badly it can take incredible strength and character to forgive them and move on or that you can trust them again.

How do we gain that strength and character to be that person? By being a true Christian, after all Jesus told us to:

Jesus said, “Forsake the habit of criticizing and judging others, and then you will not be criticized and judged in return. Don’t look at others and pronounce them guilty, and you will not experience guilty accusations yourself. Forgive over and over and you will be forgiven over and over.” ~ Luke 6:37 (The Passion Translation)

I pray today that God will help each of us to do as Jesus told us, to stop judging and criticising others, but instead forgive them.

In spite of me, God still loves me.

In spite of you, God still loves you.

In fact God really doesn’t care about our past, he’s simply interested in our now and our future. So if we accept Him now, we will realise that our future is secure because God will always love us.

You kissed my heart with forgiveness, in spite of all I’ve done. You’ve healed me inside and out from every disease. ~ Psalm 103:3 (The Passion Translation)

Yes, saying thank you to God is a great thing to do, but is it really enough?

I’m not so sure it is – For me I think we also need to say, “Forgive me”, and we need to say it only when we really mean it. Only then do I think we will have said all the words we need to say to God in prayer.

So we need to say, “Thank you” and “Forgive me” to God. I personally need to say both those things to God regularly – He does so much for me that I forget to thank him for, and I say and do things which I know disappoints him. So while I’ve said those words to God before, I know I have to say them to God on a regular basis…I know I need to say thanks to Him and seek his forgiveness, how about you?

How hard is that!

Yes, when people hurt us, physically or emotionally, it can be extremely difficult to forgive them. It can be even more difficult to forgive them if they’re not sorry for what they’ve said or done.

However as Christians we must be willing to forgive and forget, even when those concerned aren’t sorry!

 

We all want to be treated with respect don’t we. How we treat others can often influence how others treat us. So make sure you treat others the way you want others to treat you…lead the way.

How many times have you heard someone say, “If they could see me now…”? – I even asked that question just a few weeks ago in See Me!

When it comes to God, we don’t need to think about that question, as God see us all the time, and knows everything we do or think, long before we even know ourselves.

We must always remember God is watching over us, he sees the small indiscretions that we think no-one will know about, he hears the unkind word uttered in anger behind a closed-door, he knows the temptations we face. That makes it even more important that we acknowledge all the things we say or do that we shouldn’t, and seek God’s forgiveness.

God can see us, and knows and understand everything we face.

Come all you weary
Come and find
His yoke is easy
His burden light
He is able, He will restore
At the table of the Lord

When we approach God’s table, we are seeking His strength, forgiveness, hope and assurance that all will be well.

No matter how broken or tired we are, God can make us strong again. Strong enough to face whatever life throws our way.

God will provide all we need.