We have all said, at one time or another, how we miss the ‘good old days’ … whatever that means for you. If we’re honest with ourselves, the only ‘good old days’ were in the beginning, we had one expectation (take care of the Garden of Eden) and one rule (don’t eat from one tree).
We will see that just as God’s promises weren’t kept here we continue to mess up again and again. Thank God, literally, for the gift of Jesus Christ. I don’t know about you, but one of my big questions for God is, since He knew how bad we were going to mess it up, why didn’t he make us different or less able to mess up so well? Ever since we broke His trust in us in the garden, God consistently strives to reconcile with us. All He asks for is for us to worship Him.
Some of you are going to say you’re trying, but did you miss a step in the process? Before we can fully reconcile with God, we must reconcile with each other. We must admit and apologize for what we’ve done wrong or has hurt another. We must accept the forgiveness when it is given and when it’s withheld, accept the fact that all you can do is ask for forgiveness, you can’t make the other accept it. We must listen for God’s callings and respond to them, as He wants. We must, in times of frustration or anger or bitterness stop and check our attitude; and ensure that we “have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had”. We’ll always struggle with getting it right, but a blessing assured to us is that it’s the condition of our heart that is checked at judgment time, not just our success rate.