By Felicia Alvarez   l  iBelieve
Exposed Ugly Dangerous No one wanted to get close or even stp into the  kitchen with all that glass on the floor. I thought of the  time the craftsman had put into designing that mug ...  shaping it ... painting it ... finishing it.  A formerly  beautiful piece of art was now ruined -- split into a  hundred dredful pieces. Sometimes, that’s exactly how I feel ... broken.  God has been molding me and shaping me for  years. Then I fall into sin and shatter all that work into  a million pieces. And I wonder how God could ever  love me. I blow it. I disappoint people --- I disappoint  myself. I do the things I know I shouldn’t do. I fall into  sin. I fail. I say I’ll never do it again, and then I repeat  the same mistake. I don’t understand how God could  care even the slightest bit about me. I’m not a stellar  Christian. In fact, at times I just feel like a big, ugly  mess.     But the beautiful thing is that God is in the  business of not only LOVING broken people, but also  sweeping up all the broken pieces and gluing them  back together for His purpose. All God needs to piece us back together is  repentance (1John 1:9) How do I know this? Because of King David’s  life. I’m so thankful God included David’s story in the  Scriptures, because it gives me hope. David wasn’t  perfect. He was disobedient to the Lord. He was an  adulterer, a murderer, and a negligent father. His sins  were publicized not only in the Jerusalem Gazette,  but in the Bible, where millions have read about his  errors. In many major life events, David messed up.  But God didn’t give up on him. He taught David  through the experience. David repented, God forgave, and David  learned. That’s where so many of the psalms came  from. The Psalms are not songs of “My life is so  perfect. Thank God, for making me a perfect person.” Instead, his psalms came from a broken spirit --  from a knowledge of both failure and victory. “When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you  who know my way. . . I cry to you, O Lord: I say, “You  are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”  Listen to my cry for I am in desperate need.” (Psalm  142: 3,5,6) “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost  peing, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my  soul, and forget not all his benefits -- who forgives all  your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems  your life from the pit and crowns you with love and  compassion, who satisfies your desires with good  things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.”  (Psalm 103: 1-5) This doesn’t give us the license to sin!  By no  means!  Instead, we pursue holiness because our  heart’s desire is to glorify God. But, when we do fail,  we shouldn’t let Satan drag us into depression.  Instead, our response should be to repent, learn from  our mistakes, and dive deper into a relationship with  God. “I have blotted out your transgressions like a  cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have  redeemed you.” (Isaiah 44:22, ESV). Felicia Alvarez is a graduate of Liberty University, teaches dance and is working on her second book.
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