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|my lilies that have not yet bloomed|
And yet, this nagging guilt over something tugged at my heart and I could feel it inhibiting my worship. I would feel my heart swell and then quickly deflate as my thoughts turned the previous offense. I heard the tape recorder in my mind saying:
He will not accept your praise.
You are not worthy.
How could you have done such a thing.
And then, I snap out of this trance of guilt-mired phrases and I hear clearly:
If you do not accept my forgiveness, what was the point of this day, of this death, of this miracle?
And I grasp hold of this Voice that speaks truth and I remember my humble plea for forgiveness, and I let the answer return to my heart -- the resounding Yes! You are forgiven, my child. This is why I came to this earth, so that you might be free from condemnation.
I write this for those of you who may have had your joy stolen on Easter morning because of guilt from days past. I write this for those of you who may be waiting for Easter to bloom inside of you. I write this to say:
You are forgiven.
Jesus paid the price.
You can walk freely to Him and He will say, I love you. Enough to die and rise again.
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