Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

Dear child, yes, your Fa­ther will most cer­tainly for­give ev­ery mis­take you make when you earnestly re­pent. But you are wise to ob­serve with con­cern your ten­dency to take His for­give­ness for granted.

It’s im­por­tant to set the pu­rifi­ca­tion of your heart as your own goal. And it’s a goal that you need to pro­gres­sively work to­ward…like pil­ing up the right com­bi­na­tion of rocks on the beach.

As part of your pu­rifi­ca­tion, you need to seek whole­ness through devel­op­ing a wide range of qual­i­ties. You do that largely through meet­ing chal­lenges…just as you strug­gle to find dif­fer­ent size rocks. As part of your pu­rifi­ca­tion, you need to seek to bal­ance these qual­i­ties within your­self. That too is ac­com­plished through chal­lenges…just as you strug­gle to bal­ance these rocks. Fi­nally, of course, you need to keep these var­ied and bal­anced rocks free of dirt just as you keep your heart free of ugly emo­tions.

Though some­thing small like eat­ing a treat is truly of no con­se­quence, the pu­rifi­ca­tion of your heart is a jour­ney—a jour­ney with costs—and so you nat­u­rally want to move for­ward and try not to undo the pu­rity that you’ve gained. This is not be­cause your Fa­ther won’t for­give you but be­cause it means you have to start again and re­peat the chal­lenges that you’ve al­ready con­quered. —Je­sus to the crowd,

Luke 21:34

But watch your­selves lest your hearts be weighed down with dis­si­pa­tion and drunk­en­ness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you sud­denly like a trap.

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