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Friday, June 5, 2015

Do You Feel Worthless?

Putting Things in Perspective
While some people may feel that Jehovah cannot see the good in us because of perceived (or actual) sinfulness take this illustration: We are in the heart of a big city and can only see a few stars; they are nowhere as plentiful as in the countryside. Are the stars really absent? No, but since the light of the big city is so great, we can't see them. However, someone higher up (say, in heaven) will see them. In such a way Jehovah can see past our sins to see the good. He can also help us overcome our sins – move out into the peaceful country, so to speak – and be declared righteous.

Not Merely a Feel-Good Message
This is not purely a feel good message, for it does take effort, even great effort to build up desirable qualities and to diminish negative ones, yet keep in mind these two verses as we strive to do so. 

Psalm 130:3,4 - "If errors were what you watch, O Jah, O Jehovah, who could stand? For there is the [true] forgiveness with you, In order that you may be feared."

1 John 3:19,20 - "we will assure our hearts before him regarding whatever our hearts may condemn us in, because God is greater than our hearts and knows all things."

We still should feel ashamed of what we did, yes sad, but sad in a godly way – in a way that leads to attaining repentance and salvation, not endless self-loathing and inactivity. Feel sad in a godly, yet be confident that you can make the needed changes, get the help. and have God's spirit change you as you put on the new personality that God makes.
Yes he will turn our anguish into joy and our shame into a grounds for love toward him and sympathy toward others. One day we will be in a position giving encouragement to those in a situation not unlike our own. Because we expend the effort now, disowning ourselves and accepting whatever embarrassment and perceived loss of face, we will be an excellent help to our brothers. Knowing as we do that to lose face in this matter is actually to gain it, especially with God.

Conclusion
Therefore the path before us is straight: if you have sinned, repent (and mean it both in desire and action) and Jehovah will by no means hold it against us (remember that Jehovah gave his Son for us). If we have not sinned or have long ago received forgiveness, then let us not imagine that Jehovah cannot see the stars – that he holds it against us without let up; he is greater than our hearts and knows all things, his mercy is exceedingly great. It may take time to appreciate this, but if we meditate on this we will be blessed. We will have the strength and confidence to right the wrong and build our relationship with Jehovah God - as many who were once worse than us have done.
I encourage you to share these sentiments with anyone who feels worthless, for, though they feel such a way, Jehovah assures us that we are worth a great deal to Him. We retain our dignity as beings made in God's image and God loves us and wants to have a personal relationship with him. This he does even though we do not deserve it. This should not make us shrink back – that it is undeserved – but extend the same compassion to our fellows, so that we might be perfect, just as Jah is.

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