Process of Forgiveness: Part IV–Turning to the Lord


There are many voices out there today seeking to get our attention.  We are bombarded daily, hourly, every second of the day with messages that are trying to give us counsel.  “You deserve a break today (food).”  “You have worked long hours, You deserve it (luxurious car).”  “Just 15 minutes could save you hundreds (car insurance).”  From movies to watch to TV shows to turn to.  Our minds can be filled with noise constantly.  Things to buy.  Shows to watch.  Pills to take.  Cars to drive.  Insurance to buy.  You name it.  We are bombarded with it.  It can drowned out the important voices that can transform our lives.

When I was driving around frantically trying to find the airport (story from the previous blog entitled “Process of Forgiveness:  Part III Change of Heart”) the voices in my head caused confusion and misdirection.  Until I stopped and asked the person on the side of the road who knew where the airport was.  It was his wise counsel to turn left at the next corner and go 2 miles that changed everything.  When I turned toward the expert, all the voices stopped and I got back on the right path to get me to my destination.

Solomon knew where wisdom came from and where true counsel resided.  With the Lord as he continues his dialogue, “When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near; and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, . . . and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken. . . (2 Chronicles 6:36-39 NIV)  The only council that is worth listening to is the counsel from the Lord when we have gone astray.

This bolded passage reminds me of the question that the pharisee asked Jesus what is the great commandment to follow.  Jesus responded to the man by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. . .”(Matthew 22:36-37)  It’s only when we turn back with every part of our being that sends a message to the Master that we want only His guidance and direction.  It is an all in mindset to change the direction or our lives and surrender our lives over to the one who knows all.

On this journey turning away from our sin and turning toward the Master sets in motion a transformed live.

 

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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