I listen to an internet radio station which plays urban Christian music. There are lots of wonderful musicians, some of whom you’ve maybe never heard of; Carmen Michelle, Kevon Carter, Jessica Ready, LaCrae, Michelle Williams, Tisha Stratford and Rhema Soul.
One of my absolute favorite songs is entitled Midnight by Bryan Pound. A portion of the lyrics are, “what I’ve done is what I’ve done, what I’ve done I can’t change”. Another part of the song says, “yesterday ended at midnight, I’m moving on”.
I’ve listened to this song so many times. And it reminds me that when we ask for God’s forgiveness, he doesn’t remember our yesterday. So why should we? It’s so simple really. Relove yourself by forgiving yourself for your yesterday. Today is a new day. Doesn’t the word tell us morning by morning new mercies are shown to us by our Lord? And we must be like Him and extend that mercy to ourselves.
And just as importantly, we need to relove others. When we’ve been hurt or wronged we must remember that the greatest gift of love was God loving us when we were like filthy rags. His son died for us long before we asked for forgiveness. And truth be told, the sins we’ve committed against Him are far worse than any sin any man has committed against us.
If we are true to our flesh, this relove is quite difficult. But if we are true to our God, and our belief that He has our back and He is working everything out and He is for us, it’s really not hard at all. It’s a simple choice. It’s easier for us to relove ourselves because we tend to justify our actions and we know our true motives, right? But somehow it’s not as easy to relove others when your flesh is burning in anger and resentment and pain.
It seems so easy when we are standing in church on Sunday morning in a high place of praise singing the lyrics to songs that say things like, “cleanse me with fire”, “praise in the middle of it”, and here’s one of my favorites, “for Your glory, I will do anything”.
Trust me… I’m not telling you I’ve mastered this. But when I’m true to myself and when I’m real with my God, I realize that this burning is a part of the process He has me in. This cutting away (pruning) is somehow making me more like Him. I don’t understand it all and I don’t always like it, but I know that His ways are higher and greater than mine. I know that’s it’s in these times that my faith muscles grow and it’s in the valley that I grow stronger.
My prayer for you today is that you are quick to end your yesterday so your tomorrow can begin with a realization that if He allowed it to come your way, then it must be working for your good.
Be well friends,