FROM the PAST – BUT STILL for TODAY
BY: JOANNE ANSTINE
FEBRUARY 16, 2008
Today, I came across a piece of free verse that has blessed me more than once over the years. It is called:
Redemption and Creation…
Is man sorry first, and then forgiven,
or forgiven first and then sorry?
If he is sorry first,
then God forgives His friends,
but if he is forgiven first,
then God forgives His enemies.
We don’t need a God
who forgives His friends.
Did Christ die before
or after Adam fell?
In time, after Adam fell,
but in eternity, before Adam fell.
In the mind of God
Adam was forgiven first
and then created.
This is what the”good news”of man’s redemption is all about.
He was redeemed first and then created!…
I am not forgiven because I repent.
I repent because I am all ready forgiven!
2 Cor. 5:19 Amen
Tuesday, March 14, 2006 (as with the following, an entry from a former blog).
Sharing thoughts: March 2006
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” —Henry David Thoreau
Familiar, of course, but a reminder that the crowd is often wrong. Jesus never listened to the majority, and so…besides, a crowd can so easily turn into a mob!
This speaks to me, for I do seem to “hear a different drummer” – for example, when it comes to what is important to me, especially in matters of faith (have been called a heretic because I believe that Jesus Christ is indeed the Savoiour of ALL men). There are other areas as well, but that (for me) is the primary focus.
I believe abortion is wrong – that people are more important than animals.
Also, forgiveness – for the believer, it is not an option, it is a must. It does not depend on feelings; it does not mean the one forgiven is right. It is, simply, something that I am constrained to do by the love of Christ in me. He forgave me, He forgave ALL. We are to do the same. I realize that for one who is not a believer, a Christian, forgiveness is probably not possible – it is He in us that enables us to do so. Amen.
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