Selfish. Tired. Discontentment. Disappointed. Negative.
That's how my thoughts and emotions tend to go when I'm overly tired, or not spending time reading the Bible and praying every day.
But God provides me with His ultimate Grace, Healing, Forgiveness, Patience, and Love.
That's what I'm thankful for - today!
So, what do you think I would be like if I had never turned my life over to Jesus Christ?
Well, definitely the top list of words I wrote, above, would characterize me as a person. I tend to be a perfectionist, and it is easy to become demanding, separated from others, and a grumbler. I think that without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I would NOT be a fun person to be around.
Without Christ, I would hold grudges. Refuse to forgive others. Be a racist. Not show appreciation to those who do kind things for me. Keep to myself, and not get involved in others' lives. Grumble about everything, and when I wasn't grumbling, I'd be complaining.
Yeah, I realize that those are basically the same!
Aren't you thankful that I turned my life over to Christ when I was ten years old? It was a real, sincere commitment at that tender age.
I knew I needed a Savior.
I knew I needed forgiveness.
I knew I had bad habits.
I knew I needed to show more love to others.
Knowing Christ has made all the difference in my life. Without Christ's love and forgiveness, I would be a not-so-fun person to be around. Instead of spreading JOY here on my blog, I'd be grumbling.
Yeah, not so much fun.
So with me, please be thankful that I came to hope in and trust Jesus 33 years ago. Am I perfect? No. Not until I pass away and am with Christ in heaven eternally. But I'm forgiven, and for that, I'm truly thankful.
This is a part of Brenda's Garden of Learning 2011 Gratitude Challenge, of which I'm very thankful to be a part! Thank you, Brenda!
If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, what are you most thankful for by knowing that you are forgiven?
Hi! I'm Julieanne!