Some say He is a God of second chances, as a Christian, I have come to experience that He is a God of many chances. As His children, in our journey of life, we often find ourselves in trials & tribulations that leave us feeling down and unworthy of His love. Let us remember that being a Christian does not mean you do not err, oh no! Its acknowledging that you are a sinner and thats why you choose His Way; for He died for us sinners.
How often do you find yourself in awe of God’s love for you when He forgives your transgressions?
“Ke hopola dibe tsa ka, ke tse ke itelela…Jeso, o itse ho rona; Tlong ho ‘na, le se tsabe! Hase meokho ea lona e ka le hlatsoang dibe: Ke ‘na ea le fang tsoarelo, Ke ‘na ea le fodisang! Morena, ha o rialo, re ka belaela joang?” – Hymn 99 (Difela tsa Sione)
When you come before the Lord your God in plea for forgiveness, coming in complete humility, meekness & regret; God shows mercy on you and forgives you and leaves you in awe of His Grace.
“O, Mohau oa Modimo, Ke koetsa e kaakang! E ka ba ofe molomo, o ka o bolelang? Nna e sale ong mpihlela, ke maketse feela!” – Hymn 342 (Difela tsa Sione)
Psalm 130: A Prayer for help. “From the Depths of my despair I call to you, Lord. Hear my cry, O Lord: listen to my call for help! If you kept a record of our sins, who could escape being condemned? But you forgive us, so that we should stand in awe of you. I wait eagerly for the Lord’s help, and his word I trust. I wait for the Lord more eargerly than sentries wait for the dawn – than sentries wait for the dawn. Israel, trust in the Lord because his love is constant and he is always willing to save. He will save his people Israel from all their sins.”
It is common knowledge that we cannot hide from the Lord; after striping yourself of all pride and confessing your sins to your Lord your God, can you then be in a position to receive His Love, His unconditional forgiveness. Forgiveness from the Lord is reassured in the Heart; you begin to feel the peaceful state from deep within, which is a confirmation in itself that God has truly forgiven you.
It is after this processes of having repented that one can truly appreciate the mercy bestowed upon them by His Grace.
As a child of God, knowing the price that was paid for the freedom and redemption of my spirit, I proclaim faithfully that the God whom I serve is a merciful God.
With reference to the passage of the quoted text from Hymn 99, I continue, humbled by God’s love for me and sing from the depths of my heart and sincerity of the tears from my soul, the 1st verse of Hymn 315:
“Ha ke le tjee, Ke le mobe, Ke le ea khesehang, Na har’a baetsadibe ‘Na ke bonoe joang? Jo,Ke mohlolo-hlolo ha ke ratoa le ‘na ka rato le lekalo le ke Morena.”
I am a believer, it is not our duty to weigh each other’s sins but the responsibility of everyone to carry faithfully the yoke bestowed upon them by God.
Mathew 11:28 – 30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Romans 8:35-37 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
I pray that after reading this, if you have something weighing heavily on your heart, kneel down and sing as a form of prayer, the first verse of Hymn 308 : “Ke se ke utloile, Jeso ha u mpitsa; U mpona ke lahlehile, U re ua mpholosa. E, Ke dumetse – Nthole Morena; Ntlhatsoe, ntlhokodisise – Ke be motle le nna.”
This is my Hymn Testimony, ka yona ke kgopela Modimo a le fe maatla a go phela le mo rapela, le mo rorisa ka dinako tsohle.
God bless you all.