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Chew On This!

Psalm 103:12 KJV As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Sometimes I let myself down.  A careless word spoken to someone in haste.  An innocent error that has negative consequences. (The time that I didn’t see the car passing to my left as I pulled out of my parallel parking spot comes to mind.  I REALLY beat myself up over that one).  Thoughts that are judgmental.   And so on and so on and so on.  The fact of the matter is; we are all human.  We all make mistakes.
Not too long ago I found myself ruminating on something I had done.
The American College Dictionary, 1967 defines ruminate as: to chew the cud, as a ruminant. 2. To meditate or muse; ponder 3.To chew again. 4. To meditate on; ponder.
As a cow eats her food, swallows it, then brings it back up in the form of a cud to chew on, so was I chewing and chewing and chewing on what had happened. The circumstance kept swirling in my mind.  Finally it occurred to me. This was not how God intended for me to spend my day.  It was draining my energy and stealing my joy.

And so I discussed the matter with God. I told Him that I recognized what I had done.  I asked Him to forgive me. I thanked Him for doing so.  I forgave myself.  Then, when guilt or condemnation or fear came up, I would not ruminate on it.  Instead I would “chew” on the following truths:

God loves me even with my imperfections.  He is for me, and not against me.  I can trust Him in all things. That because of His grace and mercy, the past need not torment me. That my transgressions have been removed from me, even as far as the east is moved from the west.

May we not waste even a moment chewing a bitter cud.  May we instead, with purpose, walk in the freedom that forgiveness provides.

And so, today I invite you to Chew On This:

Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Zephaniah 3:17 17The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
(Yes, even when I blow it.)

Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Isaiah 43:25-26 25I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Chew On This!

  1. Thanks Chris! I am reminded of how satan tries to steal our joy each morning by getting us to focus on something regrets or some negative thing. The joy of the Lord is our strength! Have a great day!

    1. Yup. And today, with The Lord’s help, I am NOT going to have it! Have a good day as well.

  2. Thank God for His tender mercies new each morning if we are only willing to take them. I am weeping as I re-read this story as I have let Satan sort of play havoc over past sins (I wish mine were just simple miss judgments). I am so thankful God does not keep putting this in front of me…He forgave me years before.
    Thank you for the verses to chew on….I think I will try to memorize…oh Lord help me.

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