This is Just A Minute I once sat…

This is Just-A-Minute. I once sat with a brokenhearted lady who poured out her fears and foreboding: “God will never forgive me”, she said, “I have so sinned.” I knew her as a godly Christian woman, one whom I respected and admired for her good heart and works. So why did she feel such despair? She had been sexually abused as a child and could feel nothing but bitter filthiness and self-loathing those many years later. I tried to convince her that God willingly forgives those with a contrite spirit and a broken heart such as hers. I doubt I succeeded. Yet while she struggles with presumed hopelessness, others revel in vileness and practice despicable sins with no regard and no shame. How long, O Lord, how long before You come to judge with righteous judgment those who have spent their lives in dissipation? Jesus, Savior today, but Judge tomorrow!

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