I was furious. Who does she think she is anyway? Did she honestly think that slandering me on facebook would actually restore our relationship in the slightest? I mean, this wasn’t the first time she did this and I was certain I had made it clear that the behaviour was highly inappropriate for her to be engaging in – both because of what our relationship was AND because she professed to be a Christian. I stormed around the house, muttering things I shouldn’t have been muttering. But I didn’t care. I was hopping mad and I did not want to give up my right to be angry about this. I was wallowing in my sin. Are You Wallowing In Your Sin?
Can anyone relate to this? To my dilemma? I look back and I realize just how ridiculously I was conducting myself. Sometimes we get so caught up in our anger, worry or pain that we forget how merciful our Heavenly Father is. And other times, we just want to wallow. I find myself in either camp often – too often. However, I worked through a study of Psalm 103 earlier this year and I learned so much. I clung to the truth of His word, received healing for my heart and was convicted where I needed to be convicted.
He Heals Disease
My Lord heals all diseases. Through my study of this chapter, I learned that ‘disease’ here means the sickness of sin. Or, rather, how our soul deteriorates due to our sin. He restores us to “pristine felicity“. Think about that for a moment. Just take some time to meditate on that truth. To heal us means to pardon us from our sin. Are you ready for this wonderful healing?
Our enemy would love for us to believe differently. He wants us to think that our sin is too dirty for the Savior of the world. The father of lies whispers his falsehoods to our hearts. We have a choice. We can listen and believe the liar. Or we can choose to believe the One who cannot tell a lie…ever.
We must not allow what God has done for us – the complete forgiveness of sins and healing from the decay of sin – wither away. It seems that withering happens quite slowly. I think about the plant I have in my living room. I forget to water it when I should, however, I don’t notice the wilting until the poor plant is so parched that some leaves have dried and fallen off. Within an hour of dousing with water, the plant is revived. Lush and green again. My plant is full of life and happy again!
That is the same for us when we abide in the fullness of our Lord and allow His refreshing water to pour over and through us. The Living Water helps His truth take deep root in our hearts and, in turn, affects the way we live.
When we choose to wallow in our sin – and this is a choice for us – we invite the enemy into our lives. When we allow those thoughts that are not pleasing to God rule our emotions and minds we give our enemy an opportune time to strike – and his strikes are lethal. Those thoughts include the negative self-talk and inner chatter we indulge in.
And as a result of this wallowing, we become depressed, bitter, resentful and cynical. Not exactly what God had in mind when He sent His only Son to the Cross, is it?
When we wallow in our sin, we fail to show the world our merciful Father.
Abiding In His Mercy
Our Heavenly Father is so incredibly full of mercy for us. We need to start believing this truth. We must begin believing His word. What He says is true. To abide in such abundant mercy is a beautiful gift for us who love Him and follow after Him.
However, we have to take responsibility in choosing to abide in this place of peace. We have to make the choice to not wallow and wither.
Verse 4 in Psalm 103 tells us that our King has crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies. He crowns us – not once, not twice, but constantly crowns us with His lovingkindness and tender mercies. He is full of compassion toward us.
Verse 8 says, “The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” I spent some time looking at various translations of this verse and I found several different ‘last words’ of it.
Our Father is abounding in:
- unfailing love
- steadfast love
- faithful love
- great loyal love
This is the character of our Heavenly Father. His mercy is as high as the heavens above the earth. How high are the heavens? The heavens meaning the universe…it is immense, immeasurable! And ever expanding! God’s mercy is ever expanding!
Bless His Holy Name
Because of who He is, I will say:
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Yes! ALL that is within me will bless the Lord – my hopes, my dreams, my will, my affections, my conscience, my heart, my soul, my mind, my strength, my desires – EVERYTHING!
I will rejoice in His forgiveness, His healing and His righteousness. Because He already paid for us, we are His. He has bestowed His favor upon us, His treasure
Can we start living like this is true? Can we start believing Him? Let’s start showing the world who our Heavenly Father truly by living in the freedom He died for! To help you remember this truth, I have created a printable for you to download for FREE!
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