Digging in Garbage
Digging In Garbage
Years ago, on our ranch, our Border Collie, Barney, loved to dig in garbage. He thought he had quite the treat if he could find something rotten to eat or to even roll in, if he was in the mood for hunting and wanted to cover up his natural scent. Then Barney couldn’t understand why I didn’t want to pet him in his repugnant, perfumed condition. Such is life.
We, also, can get into a similar doggy mode and become real stinkers in God’s presence. Just like a dog, people can dig up the rotten garbage of their past or the past of someone else they have a grudge against. They will “eat” the garbage of the past by constantly dwelling on the hurts, failures, and sins of years ago. Perceived wrongs are repeatedly mulled over until their perception is warped way out of proportion.
To guide us in the power of Christ’s cleansing for each and every one of us, 1 Peter 4:8 says,
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
In some scenarios are those who claim that God doesn’t love them and won’t forgive them. They dejectedly stay in their stinky sadness, not realizing that God truly does love them and desires that they accept His forgiveness for all their sins — becoming fresh and clean before our loving Lord.
In other scenarios are those who refuse to forgive anybody they feel has wronged them. They brood and fester ill feelings, that become warped and intensified with the passage of time. They need and desire forgiveness for their own sins, but refuse to forgive the perceived sins of others. They choose to remain unhappy in their stinky feelings.
Like Barney rolling in garbage to hide his real scent, they roll in the muck of their perceived wrongs.
God wants to cleanse us so that the scented perfume of our life is pleasing to Him and everyone around us. Resting in Jesus’ forgiveness, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, thank You for Your gift of love.”
( P.S. This post was started in September 2005 and finally got finished today. )
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.