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John's sermon Sunday was on Hebrews 11, the great chapter on faith, and it was a message I so needed to hear. This chapter lists great heroes of the Bible who were heroes because of their faith...their belief in God. Faith was the foundation of their lives - no matter how often they failed. You see, these great heroes of faith were not perfect.
Abraham doubted God's ability to give him a son. He lied about his relationship with his wife.
Jacob deceived his father and also played favorites with his children.
Moses killed a man.
David committed adultery and murder.
All of these were commended for their faith...and they were sinners. And this gives me such hope, because I am a sinner whose sins are covered by faith in God and belief in His Son, Jesus. Though I fail at every turn, I still have faith in God and that is my foundation for life. Yes, I need to learn to live in the presence of Jesus and muzzle my mouth and learn to serve in love, but I am covered with God's love because of my faith in Him.
"Know that I love you. Accept my love," he whispers.
There is a peace that passes understanding in knowing His love and accepting His love.
I promise to try to live a life worthy of the calling God has place on my life, but I know this...I will continue to mess up. So please forgive me if you are at the receiving end of my mistakes. Know that I love you and never want to cause you hurt or harm.
And then just slap me upside the head and tell me to get over myself!