The last month has been exhausting! I am glad to see November 8th come and go. I have never witnessed the extreme negativity and bantering that occurred between candidates and those that supported them (and that includes those of us who call ourselves Christians). Unfortunately, all mankind is flawed – we all bear the marks of sin in our lives. It is easy to look at others and judge, not so easy to look at ourselves. Romans 12:23 tells us to “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” I am hopeful that our President elect will surround himself with qualified men and women who will give him sound advice. I will try and be patient and give him a chance to lead. As scriptures requires of us, I will be praying for him and that he make sound decisions. But above all I rely upon our God that His will be done for this great nation in which we live. God Bless America!
A pastor friend said he was challenged to be the “lead repenter” of his church, the one who sets the example in showing what it means to confess sin and apologize. I loved that. Certainly I want to be a great example too, but this practice extends to all of us. We need to be the lead “repenters” in our homes, schools, and offices. That requires us to think less highly of ourselves (yes, that’s biblical) and to believe God really does forgive (more Bible truth!). This week, let’s take advantage of opportunities to swallow our pride and show people what it means to be loved by Jesus. 1 John 1:8–9: If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.