The things I should have done, but didn’t,
seem like less of a problem than the things I have done that I shouldn’t have.
Do you feel this way, too? When I don’t do something I should have done, I rarely feel the same guilt and regret that I have after doing something I never should have done.
Is that because the things I should have done but didn’t do are invisible? It didn’t happen so there is no evidence that I should have done it?
James tells us, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is a sin for them.” James 4:17.
God knows everything – even my thoughts. There are no secrets from him. When I am prompted by the Holy Spirit to do something or say something and I don’t do it, God knows. Sure, his grace kicks in and my sins are covered by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, but it’s still wrong.
I need to keep my eyes and ears open to these promptings so I don’t miss the opportunities God gives me to partner with him in his plan to redeem the people around me and deepen their faith. I want to make sure my hands and feet are available for his kingdom purposes.
During this special time of year, I often hear the Spirit whispering in my ear,
“For God so loved the world.”
God loves the people in this world so I need to love the people in this world.
Please let me be a part of helping the world believe in you, Abba Father, so they will accept your free gift of grace and live in your love.