Posted tagged ‘shame’

Git outta here!

August 19, 2014
I saw a homemade video last week from a woman who was trying to get rid of her cat.  The ad was about 4 minutes in length, and she was offering her cat FREE to a good home.  She explained about how the cat’s shots were up to date, how much food she had on hand that she would include in the deal, cat toys, etc.  She mentioned how friendly and playful and affectionate the cat is. Her reason for giving the cat away (she mentioned several times that this was a FREE cat with no strings attached), is that she works and travels so much that she is hardly ever home, and that this is not fair to the at.

All the while during the video, the cat would not leave her alone.  It constantly jumped up in her face, pawed at her face and clothes, and I suppose was trying to play with her.  She became more and more agitated throughout the clip, shoving the cat away (stop!), tossing the cat off the couch (leave me alone!), shaking her finger with instructions to the cat, getting in its face and scolding it – and at one point she must have forgotten she was filming a she swatted the cat and growled, “I’m so tired of you! Get away from me!”  Then she continued,  “he really is a sweet cat and loves people…”

But that is nothing compared to those Russian guys who were trying to figure out how to get rid of their 2 dogs.  Their solution?  They launched both dogs via satellite into the earth’s orbit back in 1960.  I guess they took care of that!

Seriously, don’t you wish it was that simple to get rid of nagging habits or sins that hang around and keep you agitated?  Yes, I know that God’s forgiveness is as simple as praying with a sincere and repentant heart.  But the ol’ devil has a way of creating some lingering after effects, such as doubt, guilt, shame, and temptation to repeat our offenses.  We KNOW God has taken care of it, but Satan keeps reminding us of how pathetic and weak we are.

Let’s be encouraged today in Paul’s words to the Romans: Therefore, there is NOW no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of Life has made us free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law was powerless to do…God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be met fully in us, who live not according to the sinful nature but according tot he Spirit. Thank you Lord Jesus!