Just thought i'd share a little something with you guys. Came across this passage while doing my devotion.
I like the story about the battered old man who got up one night during a revival meeting and said: "Brothers and sisters, you know and I know that I ain't been what I ought to of been. I've stolen hogs and told lies, and got drunk, and was always getting in fights, and shooting craps, and playing poker, and I've cussed and swore; but I thank the Lord there's one thing I ain't never done: I ain't never lost my religion."
It is true that we won't lose our religion when we have done something wrong if we seek God's forgiveness. Forgiveness is important to restoring relationship. Frederick Buechner, a well known Christian writer, said, "To repent is to come to our senses. It is not so much something you do as something that happens. True repentance spends less time looking at the past and saying 'I'm sorry,' than to the future and saying 'Wow!"
We have all heard many criminals say they were sorry for the crime they committed, but many of them continue to be criminals. Did you know that by far most of the people in our jails today are repeat offenders. They may feel sorry for their sins and crimes, but no real change has taken place. You see, true repentance is a matter of changing directions.
The most important change of direction we can make is becoming a faithful disciple of God and Jesus Christ moment by moment and day by day.
I keep reminding myself that God never hates the sinner but he despises the sin. Few nights ago, I was watching this "provoking" (as Boss would put it) clip about Christianity and it really did made me ponder or as i would put it in my own sentence "shook my faith" but only for a while. I've came to a realization that the world will always continue to provoke or throw a lot of judgements, myths, criticism, comparison with other religions, etc at us for being Christians but by the end of the day, i still feel at ease knowing that God IS my Lord and Savior regardless of what the world say. Don't ever give up on Him for the world as He will never ever give you up for the universe.
Continue to be inspired!