We have failed in our responsibility many times. Each time the result was the painful realization that we had not kept the faith. Surrendering to carnality and temptation opened us to the injection of doubt and guilt. We had not ‘remained’ in the vine. Those mistakes cost us dearly, mostly in damaged relationships. The worst part is what John writes in chapter 15: 5-6:
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
Digressing from the Directions from GOD will only result in hopelessness and guilt. Every time we failed, we could feel the heat that intensified until we stopped listening to “the liar” and returned home. Just as the prodigal son, my Gracious Heavenly Father, welcomees us with open arms. With faith restored, we have victory over all past transgressions and propitiation through the shed blood of GOD’s ONLY SON, my LORD JESUS CHRIST. Regardless of age or sinful state, there is a ‘Balm in Gilead’ that saves a sin-sick soul. The bottom line of our distress and troubles is simply our failure to surrender our will to the Will of The MASTER. Without HIM we can do nothing..about the mess (personally and nationally) we find ourselves in and as long as you take a breath it isn’t too late, donchaknow. Here is an eternal Guarantee: “With arms wide open, HE’ll pardon you. It is not secret what GOD can do!” Uncomforable as the moment may be, there IS sweet surrender. We should PRAY before every major decision since it could be our last opportunity to choose. That’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates. AMEN