Jesus, Forgiveness, Healing, Grace, Mercy, Redemption are all words that are associated with Christianity but the understanding of them is being lost today's world.
Since I’ve become a Christian I’ve realised that we are all brought up in a ‘fallen world’. What I mean by this is that today’s world is not as God intended it to be when he first created it. It has been infiltrated by evil and has become like a madhouse full of injustices, scandals, pain and wickedness.
Sadly it is among all this mess that each of us are brought up to discover that ‘life is just not fair’. How often have you said that to yourself Reader, or to others – ‘Life’s not fair’
So throughout our childhood experiences that depend such a lot upon who are parents are, the colour of our skin, whether or not we are an only child or perhaps the youngest of a handful, whatever; we become what I’m calling ‘damaged goods’. It’s not an ideal expression to apply to people, it’s comes fromthe Goods Transport business, but it’s the best I can find to make the point that I want too. Some of us are effected more than others but, never the less; we have all become wounded within our hearts and minds to some degree or other during our early years.
Sometime ago I watched the comedian Freddie Starr on a TV chat show. He told a story of when he was a young boy and how his father had lifted him up and stood him on a table. His father took a step back and invited Freddie to jump into his arms, but when he did so his father quickly stepped to one side and let him fall flat on his face and then, looking down at him with a grin on his face, said ‘never trust anybody son’. My goodness! what a way for a father to teach something that is not even true.
But, just as damaging in our upbringing can be the things that are said to us about ourselves, the labels that others put upon us. We’ve all heard the saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me’ but we need to understand that it’s a lie, one of the biggest lies ever. Names certainly do hurt, especially when we’re young and still unsure of ourselves.
You who are reading this think on the following statement for a moment - ‘nearly everything you know about yourself was first told you by somebody else, you believed them, accepted what they said about you and then used that information to form an opinion about yourself’. That's important enough to read over again because what you probably didn’t understand when you were young was that whoever was speaking to you was probably quite broken and damaged inside themselves. So they were more than likely wrong in what they said and yet - you believed them and then used that information to build up a false picture inside your head of who you think you are, what you’re capable of doing and, just as importantly, what you will always be a failure at.
The good news I’ve got for you Reader is that you don’t have to stay that way, it really is possible to change from who you are now, it is possible for the damage that has been done to be repaired – but you won't be able to do it on our own – that would be like asking a faulty computer to fix itself! No - you can’t do it alone, but Jesus can - and he never turns anybody away who asks for help.
There is a verse in the Bible that promises this –
‘‘When someone becomes a Christian they become a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun’. (2 Corinthians Ch 5 verse 17)
Yes, we are all ‘damaged goods’ but, thank God, we need not remain that way. Certainly we can choose to remain the way that the world has moulded us, because nobody can force anybody to change if they don’t want to. Jesus certainly won’t take away the freewill he has given everybody, but the Good News is that we can be changed on the inside by asking him to help.
Reader, you may be suffering more than others you know but, however bad you may be, the free choice given by God to everyone is still there - are you going to live a life based on your own strength and abilities or are you going to ask God for help.
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