today i reflected on
"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."
1 John 1:9
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
it seems no matter how old we get, we will always be faced with issues, trials, sinful wrongdoings. it is a constant reminder that we are only human. and a constant reminder of such a faithful, loving God, that cares enough to be there for us, in good times and bad..in good choices and bad choices.
as i was doing my devotion yesterday, these verses just struck a chord. i really felt God speaking to me. i feel like the past couple of weeks, it has really been put on my heart to make things right. be it the way i live, the example i set, my relationships, forgiveness, showing love, and just trying to be a better person. i feel like i have really gotten off track and have hit some major bumps and setbacks along the way. i feel like i was turning into a person i wasn't proud to be, be it through thoughts, words and actions. i am so grateful that no matter how horrible i can be, God is always there to correct me. always there with open arms. always ready to give me a second chance. always loving me, even though i feel so undeserving of it. underserving of His sweet mercy and grace. being human can just plain be a struggle at times. i have so many shortcomings. but, i know with each new day comes a new start. i want to live so that others may come to Jesus through the example i set. actions can speak so much louder than words.
love. forgiveness. second chances...what great gifts they are.