Is there really such a thing as starting over?
has a past. We’ve made mistakes. Other people have hurt us or let us
down. Things haven’t always come together the way we hoped or dreamed.
Sometimes our past can consume our present.
In John 10:10 Jesus says, "A thief is only there to steal
and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life,
more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
Guilt, pain, loss and shame can keep us from
experiencing the kind of life Jesus is talking about. Sometimes it might
feel like life would be better if there was a big reset button we could
press to go back to the beginning and start all over again. There
isn’t. But God offers us something far better. Grace.
Grace is, “God’s unmerited favor.” That means
God — the one who spoke creation into being — looks at you and says,
“YOU are my favorite! Everything I am and everything I have is yours. I
love you no matter what!” God says that to you and me and every one of
his children. There is no reset button.
We can’t change the past, but God’s grace opens us to a future that isn’t defined by it.
1 John 3 says,
For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or
condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to
stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing
what he said, doing what pleases him. (MSG)
AT COME2GO WE SUM ALL THIS UP IN ONE SIMPLE PHRASE: GRACE OVER GUILT
is the message at the heart of our church community. Free from the
burdens of our past, we can embrace the present. We can join with God
and build a future that looks more like what God had in mind for us in
the first place.
I hope you will join us soon at one of our
Sunday worship gatherings or that you will come and serve in the
community with one of our GoTeams. We’d love to help you get connected.
For now, I hope you will consider this truth, " You can’t change the
past, but God’s grace opens you to a future that isn’t defined by it.”
Grace over guilt. See you soon!