Broken Record - Leaning on the Promises of God for Moms

Broken Record

We are all broken, and this world we live in is a broken place, where death of heart, of relationships, of love is prevalent. Often we mask deep, dark feelings of regret over various failures: Failure with our children—having shown anger or neglect to them, not really liking them, or doing everything we could to reach their hearts but ending up with a prodigal who breaks our heart. Failure with friends—petty quarrels, difficulty forgiving and forgetting. Living with habits such as eating disorders, overspending, cherishing idols we know consume our souls, reading dark novels, or more darkness with sexual habits than we can admit.

We are all broken people. Yet, we must understand that He does not define us by our failures. He is “mindful that we are but dust” (Psalm 103:14, NASB). It is an illusion that anyone you know is perfect or can become perfect through lots of effort. No one can. All we like sheep have gone astray. We simply cannot hold to our ideals by striving toward them, and we are all in total need of His mercy and grace every day.

We want to serve Him. We want to be holy. We intend to be gracious, loving, and patient. But we all fail and fall short, again and again and again.

So, do not judge others—or yourself! But love outrageously, deeply, compassionately, just as He, gentle in spirit, has loved you. And in consequence, we will see love—deep, grateful, healing love—abounding, flowing out all over, because of Him.

His Promises

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10

Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Luke 6:37, ESV

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