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6810149528_73c21ba37c_zWhen something good happens in our lives, we praise and thank God. We know that all that’s good is something from Him — that all that is good is of Him.

When something bad happens in our lives, things can get a little confusing…

And this is when we need to remember two things especially:

1) That, “In Everything God Works for Good with Those Who Love Him.”

And

2) That God does not withhold His forgiveness and love and mercy from us.

I’ve noticed the tendency to believe that bad things happen, or are allowed in our lives, that it may be because God may be angry with us because of our sins.

I think we need to fight against that thought, and realize that although that may be the way many of us humans love — sadly, conditionally and holding transgressions against one another; but God is far superior than we are when it comes to love. His love is limitless, His mercy is never-ending… even when we sin.

In God Is Not Punishing You For Your Sins, Tricia Gayer says she didn’t used to understand God’s complete forgiveness. She wrote:

“I saw God as a stern judge who was weighing all my deeds and found me wanting.

“For years I felt my abortion was too much for God to forgive. I had a hard time forgiving myself. It was only when I attended a Bible study and worked through the book Forgiven and Set Free that I realized Jesus’ death covered all my sins. Who was I to say my sin was greater than His sacrifice?

“The freedom I’m walking in today comes from understanding who God is. My sin was horrible, yes. I’ll always regret not having that child, discovering who he or she is and spending this life together.

“Yet, I’m thankful for the eternity to come. I’m thankful that in God’s eyes I stand clean before Him, as white as snow. God is not a God who punishes us for our sin. There are natural consequences for our sins—pain and shame and regret were some of the consequences I faced—yet God offers forgiveness and grace. These are not dependent on who we are but on who He is.

“As Romans 8:1-2 says, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”

You can read the rest here.

photo credit: John Hope

-I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the l