In college, I studied interpersonal communication. One important concept stressed is to avoid absolutes.
Humans are not “always” late, grumpy, or selfish. A person is not “never” attentive, a good listener, or nurturing. There are too many variables factoring into our personalities for there to be absolutes.
In light of this, one of God’s qualities that is hard to grasp is the fact that He is absolute.
When the word of God speaks in absolutes, it is because the statement is absolutely true.
When Jesus says to “cast all your cares onto Him”, He means it
ALL of your cares (1 Peter 5:7).
Not only the “big” issues that you think He might actually have time for, but all of them.
All of your burdens, all of your temptations, and all of your struggles.
This includes the mundane, daily struggles. This includes the little sins and temptations that “everybody” struggles with. This even includes the big secret you’ve been too afraid to admit, even to yourself.
He wants you to lay it on Him. All of it. Every time.
When Christ says He came to forgive our sins, He meant every single one
When Jesus says everyone who is in Christ is a new creation, He means everyone. Not everyone who has proven themselves through X number of good works or Y number of days without a slip-up (2 Corinthians 5:17).
When Jesus says those who confess their sins are forgiven, there’s a reason the sentence ends with a period. There are no qualifiers. He has already forgiven us, and He does purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
When God says He redeems our past and uses even our worst sins for His glory, it’s because He’s the God who turns evil into good (Genesis 50:20).
Even our darkest thoughts and worst qualities aren’t too big for God to handle.
When God says He is good, He means all the time
We have a very bad habit of applying human attributes to God and limiting God’s attributes to our human understanding. We believe there is a limit to His love and grace. We believe there are prerequisites to His forgiveness and blessings.
By His grace, you have been saved.
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