If you read that headline on your own you owe a teacher somewhere a huge “THANK YOU!!”
If you had someone read that headline to you then you have some catching up to do with those of us in the blogosphere. We rely on people who can read to read our posts so it makes us feel like we’re doing something worthwhile by putting these blogs together.
I guess if you can’t read you’re more likely subscribed to Youtube than to real blogs. I suppose that’s why the internet is so diverse.
For those of you who can read in multiple languages, then thank you , gracias, and however you say gratitude it whichever dialect you understand. In Texas we say “thankya kindly.” So, thankya kindly fer readin this here blog o mine, as I tip my hat to y’all.
If I spit without thinking about it I hope I miss your boot in the process. If I don’t then I can take advantage of the other day today is. Because today is also National Pardon Day.
So, “pardon me, ma’am. I didn’t mean to spit on yer boot.”
There actually is a history as to why this is dubbed that today. In 1974 President Gerald Ford pardoned President Richard Nixon for any wrongdoing he may have committed during the Watergate fiasco. It was his attempt to put the matter behind us as a nation so we could heal from that and move forward.
It likely caused him to loose the election in the long-run, but I still applaud his effort. More of us need to look past other’s wrong actions so we, too, can move forward.
So, if you’d just hold still I’ll wipe my own spit off yer boot, ma’am. Feel free to call it a spit shine if it’ll make you feel better. I know I feel better about it now.
PARDON: verb, to forgive an offense even if the offender was in the wrong.
I’m sure glad God included this word in His vocabulary. Aren’t you? Without it we’d be doomed to eternal judgement.
Because of Jesus’ life-sacrifice on the cross we can claim God’s pardon for all the sins we commit. Not only those in our past, but the ones we’ll commit in the future, too. Yeah, we’re still imperfect, even though we’re God’s adopted children.
We’ll make mistakes we think would get us kicked out of the Family. The problem with that thinking is it isn’t the way God reads the adoption papers.
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Our love for our Heavenly Father urges us to want to please Him in everything we do. Our gratitude for Jesus’ action impels us to love Him with our whole being. It’s our selfish sin-nature that keeps dragging us down to earth when we long to reach heaven.
That’s why God came down to us. His pardon was completely completed from His end of the transaction. All we have to do is accept His pardon.
The best way to experience God’s pardon is to use it in reverse in your life. Grant a pardon to someone who offended you. Release your judgement on them so you can move forward. You’ll be surprised how freeing you’ll feel in the process.
You’ll never know I’m right until you put it to the test. Don’t wait for the feelings to lead you to do it. It’ll never happen. The action must precede the feeling.
Trust me. I’ve done this first-hand. It’s amazing, my friend.
Keep smiling. Wade