Welcome again to this week's word for the week. I'm sure by now that it is not difficult to see and realize that we have been talking about a lot of things lately concerning our spiritual growth. You are correct if you have observed that. This week we will still be along those lines but we are going to take a slight shift in something else that is related to what we have been talking about lately. Let's get to our point for this week.
There is a fine line between knowing the difference on when you are right and when you are wrong. It is easy to call our wrong right and to call our right wrong. It is so easy to confuse the two until most people if they are going to honest really don't know the difference even for themselves. In other words, most people if they're honest are not totally sure if they are right with God or not. The truth is that it does not have to be that way. There is a sure way that you and I can always know when we are or when we are not in right standing with God.
The bible talks about the condemnation in our hearts. It says if our heart does not condemn us then we have confidence towards God. Obviously, if our hearts do condemn us then we need to get some things right. But the real question is knowing the difference. There are times when we should be hard on ourselves and hold ourselves to a higher standard. Brace yourself for this next point. There are also times when we are actually doing exactly what we should be doing. We're not right everyday and we are also not wrong everyday.
This does not mean we have no sin. If we say we have no sin the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins then God is faithful and just to forgive us of those sins. But there is an underlying problem that I need to briefly address this week. Do not be so hard on yourself until you cannot see your progress in God. I have seen countless people be so afraid to sin until they end up not living their lives in the full measure God has intended. This is not about having fun or doing whatever you want to do. It's about knowing when you are in His will and knowing how to live your life to the fullest according to Him. People paint this picture that serving God is boring but that is the furthest thing from the truth!
This point this week is not easy. You cannot read this and assume you are okay or you are not. This is going to take you getting before God and being honest. You are going to have to take a tough look at your life and how you live it. Sometimes we act like there's something to think about when we already know the truth. It is important to know when you are wrong. It is equally important to know when you are doing things right. You really need to know when you are in the will of God. It is important to have that confidence and assurance that your salvation is secure. You cannot live this life in a constant state of wondering about that. You need to know that your salvation is intact with Christ. You need to know that for yourself. It will change a lot about you when you realize exactly where you stand and it will do you a ton of good to know what it takes to truly stay saved.
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon