Apostle Grace Lubega
John 18:1(MSG); Jesus, having prayed this prayer, left with his disciples and crossed over the brook Kidron at a place where there was a garden. He and his disciples entered it.
Kidron was a filthy place. It was a burial ground and was where unclean items from the temple were dumped (2 Chronicles 29:16).
Why then does Jesus Christ travail and sweat blood in Gethsemane, a garden located in Kidron yet Kidron is associated with such negativity?
By analogy, Kidron is a representation of sin and the state of a person’s life. There are men and women caught up in the slimy pits of the Kidron of weakness and addiction and are suffocating from the stench of their personal failures.
God wants you to know that He is with you even in your filthiest moment.
It is tempting to think that God is repelled by us when we fall short of His glory; that in disgust, He turns away from us when we are overcome by weakness in the flesh.
That is not the God of grace. It doesn’t matter how terrible your sin, how foul smelling your weakness or how sickening and nauseating your flaws. It might be that you cannot stand yourself and wish you could crawl out of your own skin. Self-hatred might be your constant companion because of your constant failures.
The person of grace is not wrinkling His nose and turning away in revulsion. Instead, He is spreading His arms wide open for you because He is earnest in His desire for your transformation.
There is nothing you will ever do that will cause Him to turn away from you. No sin is too dark for His redeeming love.
Never let the devil convince you that God is revolted by you because of what you have done.
Embrace His grace and allow His loving kindness to draw you into true repentance. He still cares and is holding onto you.
FURTHER STUDY: Psalm 103:17; Romans 8:35-39
GOLDEN NUGGET: There is nothing you will ever do that will cause God to turn away from you. No sin is too dark for His redeeming love. Embrace His grace and allow His loving kindness to draw you into true repentance.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for this Word. You have loved me with an everlasting love and wrapped me in the arms of Your grace. This same grace gives me strength to overcome weakness; to live holy and righteously and to be pure as You are pure. To the glory of Your name, Amen.