Thursday, November 4, 2010

Within Me

Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it." Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother and killed him.
Genesis 3:6-8

I don't think there is anything that I might judge as wrong in another human being that does not dwell within me. Whether it be anger, selfishness, pride, greed, or even the possibility of murder. For when any of these characteristics are given the chance to rule my thoughts, words or actions, death is possible. I am grateful that I can see these things in myself. For when my weakness gives birth to destruction the same sight I have been given to see my depravity reveals the "MORE" of me - that the bruises I place on another's body or spirit I have as well placed on my Savior. God help me in my depravity. And He has...


"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
Ephesians 3:16-19

Thank God that forgiveness is possible. And thank God that we never forget. Many things we forget, but pain that we've received or doled out we do not. It's in the remembering that we have the tool to master sin. Be forgiven, Favored One. And do not forget. For though mine is a nature bent towards sin and destruction, the power of Christ dwells within me. And that's power that overcomes all death.

"My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge."
Psalm 62:7-8

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