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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fruits Worthy of Repentance

     It's more than a mother can bear to know/face/realize that her behavior has harmed the souls of her children. It's something she may suffer with for the rest of her life, and pay for with distant relationships as they become adults, and the vision of what could have been "if only."

Galatians 6:7-8
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life."

     The only thing that can stop the reaping, and restore the relationships to wholeness, is the offering of forgiveness from her child to her, but then that even seems too much to expect, and might be too much to receive if her heart has been hardened by prideful justification and self-flagellation. If this is the case, she will need to suffer longer in the reaping, until she lets God use it to plow her heart, and by this, soften it to receive the forgiveness it so desperately needs. Until that time, the reaping is fulfilling it's God-given purpose. ("For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation, which brings no regret. But the sorrow of the world works death."-II. Cor. 7:10)

When her heart is finally ready, from many tears and deep sorrows, she waits in humility, not demanding, expecting, or entitled to her child's forgiveness, but truly grateful, when and if it comes. She knows she doesn't deserve it, but if it does come, that she's been graced by it, and she rejoices at His mercy and love.


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