New and Improved

We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1

Face value is the superficial appearance or implications of something.

To the untrained eye and mind, it is quite interesting that what is seen visually has a great influence on the perception of the person or situation.

It was quite an interesting and humorous experience last week when my husband was in the emergency room for severe leg pain. The physician inquired of the nurse as to what was going on with the old man in room 6. The old man he was referring to was my husband who has premature silvery hair and a beard with more salt than pepper colouring.

When the Doctor came into the room for the initial evaluation, he addressed my husband as young man. I can only imagine that he realized after reviewing his date of birth that he was quite mistaken in assuming that he was an old man. We were not offended and enjoyed a good laugh; because in reality, he was the older man who learned that what you see is often not the truth of the matter.

There are times when our knowledge is limited to face value, and as a result, we make decisions that create negative outcomes and undesired consequences.

When you reflect on your life, do you have a great sense of accomplishment or are you filled with regrets? It is natural for us to count our many past mistakes and wish that we had done things differently. We often identify our lack of good decision-making skills and how it has affected our lives, and perhaps the lives of others; but we become fixated on the past and become unable to rid ourselves of the stagnation of guilt.

Yes, we must acknowledge that the consequences of misaligned decisions are painful; however, consider what you have learned and how the outcome has shaped the individual that you are today. Surely the experience of those mistakes have provided an increased level of knowledge and the wisdom to develop suitable resolutions to present and future life events.

If not, do not harbor feelings of regret! We have a reason to possess joy and happiness: Jesus Christ is our greatest Advocate and Intercessor. When we confess and repent of our past mistakes, God always forgives.

Through God’s grace and mercy, we can accept His loving-kindness and move forward with the determination to become a new and improved person.

Let go of regret and defeat! Do not accept the remembrance of past transgressions from yourself or other individuals.

We are given new mercies everyday: Embrace the godly person you are maturing into, and move forward in the strength of our Savior, and Lord–Jesus Christ.

Prayer for today: Dear God, We thank you for your grace and mercy. We ask for forgiveness of our sins. We ask you to help us to forgive ourselves for our past and present mistakes. We ask you for wisdom as we seek after knowledge. We ask you for the guidance of the Holy Spirit that influences us to align our solutions according to your will. Thank you for the ability to obtain spiritual growth and the blessing to become new and improved. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Author: steps2successwithsolutions

By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, with a passion for helping others overcome the obstacles in their lives. I am a writer of Devotionals, Romantic Poetry, and Research Articles. The recent development of Mentoring and launching as a Motivational Speaker has prompted me to address real-life issues for women from a spiritual perspective.