How often have you thought about tragedy? If you have lived life long enough I am sure you have faced several moments in life when your whole world is challenged by death, failure, hurt, and destruction. I have seen my share of pain. From saying goodbye to my grandmother a few weeks ago as she lived her final moments, to seeing friends become enemies in my childhood church years ago as our worship pastor left and took his following with him. I have seen those who knew the Lord and walked with Him fall in the ways of the flesh and became victims of the ways of the world. I know many prodigals who have squandered their lives and still refuse to come home.
What I have experienced you have or will experience too, because it is a part of humanity that we cannot hide. It is the shame we try disparately to leave behind and bury but at night we lose sleep over. To those who are living in the pain right now I would like to offer you some encouragement and hope. Not just that life will go on, but also that after life there is hope as well. There is a God and He loved you so much that he gave His life for you. He takes your shame and your most despicable moments and He remembers them no more. He does not do this because you earned it or because you were good at one point or another, He does this because He loves you unconditionally and He offers you life everlasting.
The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
It is simple, we confess our sins to Jesus who is God in flesh and we ask Him to forgive our sins. We then ask Jesus to come into our lives as we surrender our shame and sinful will to Him. Finally, we allow God’s Holly Spirit to transform our lives and make us new. I am a testament to this as I was once fallen and have been raised in Jesus. Relying on a self help book, philosophical teacher, or anything else is not going to fully heal us, in fact most times it leaves us more broken. No, we need to go to our creator and ask Him to heal us.
I hope that in your darkest hour you find the light of Jesus.