Give me a strong emotion and I’ll give you a blog post. This is not one of those times. Well, maybe. I need to get stuff off my chest. This week, I’ve been elated and angry, distraught and perplexed. But there is no mystery in this truth: And if not He is still good.

Did you know the first command Paul wrote in the Book of Romans is found in chapter 6? So say my BSF notes. Verse 11, “Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Count. This has an accounting/mathematical principle behind it, according to my BSF notes. It’s factual. Consider the equation, one minus one equals zero. It doesn’t equal 3, or 24 million, and there’s no disputing that. In the same way, I will not be condemned or walk in guilt or shame any longer because God does not condemn me. I’m done playing every role in the courtroom, I’ve put myself on trial for a majority of my life, I’ve been the Defense Attorney, I’ve been the Prosecutor, I’ve been the Judge both of myself and others….. when the only role I’m fit to play is one Valjean knew well in his encounter with the bishop, that of a prisoner set free by lavish grace.

Don’t give up. It’s not over until He says it’s over. When there doesn’t seem to be light at the end of the tunnel, keep going. Never doubt in the darkness what God has told you in the light. #preachinggospeltomyself

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