Saint Augustine of Hippo is beautiful!
This excerpt stands out remarkably well for me!
“Does not mean we can behave foolishly and believe He will deliver us from the consequences of our actions.”
That is how a poppa always speaks as when I was growing up my own earthly one would tell me, “that any of your actions have consequences so always remember when you do wrong there will be consequences to pay and that is why God created you with a conscience to know the difference between right and wrong. And when you do a wrong, once you recognize your error or even sometimes have to suffer the consequence of your action which can be painful but necessary, take it as a lesson for you and learn from it; being sorry in your heart and then do your best to never do it again!”
God knows absolutely that we will fail or make foolish choices through our lives but He will overlook them if we do, as I believe, like my father told me, to learn, transform and not do it again, then all is forgotten.
I used to work with a scientist who had studied to be an ordained Orthodox priest and then just before the final ordination he had a strong epiphany that he was to serve God in a different way which was to ultimately marry a good Orthodox Christian woman who as it turned out would be without child bearing capability, but that their work together in serving the Lord would be important. He told me that “when we repent of our sins on bent knee with a sincere contrite heart, that once God forgives us of those sins they are gone, and our Father doesn’t want us to bring them up again!” So this not beating ourselves up for our past failings that are forgiven is such an important point; because it’s exactly what the Devil relishes in to bring or cast doubt upon God’s faithful; thereby causing someone who falls for this deception to not believe devoutly in our Father and what He has told us for face value, and instead of building our faith we then weaken it with self-doubt and fear; which is the “crack in the door that Satan is always looking for!”
This is why Jesus did everything He did the way that He did, to be clear and for us to be sure, steady and faithful, trusting in Him alone to answer all of our needs and “Save” us from all sin or failings; to “believe!”
Believe “Everything” that Jesus told us are the “Word of God!”
“26Eight days later, His disciples were once again inside with the doors locked, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:26-28
And this Scriptural verse puts all of this into perspective!
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
Put all your faith in Him, Believe! Amen.
God will help me; the Lord will support me. Psalm 54:4 The Holy Bible, The New Century Version
The Holy Spirit not only convicts us of our sins but assures us that when we repent they are forgiven. We do not need to beat ourselves up about them anymore. He also reminds us that they are forgiven and forgotten when satan tries to pull a guilt trip on us.
There has been many times when satan has beaten me down because of my past.
The Holy Spirit always comes and assures me that they are not only forgiven but also forgotten.
Now, when the wicked one tries the guilt trip, I just ask Him if we can discuss it with Jesus. You might be surprised how fast he vamooses ( gets as far away from me as he can ). Joseph a son of Jehovah
When we are going through…
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