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It’s too late

January 2, 2019
By REV. DR. DARYL DONOVAN , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Happy New Year! Wow! 2019 is already more than 24 hours old. Did you make any New Year's resolutions? Unfortunately I did, and equally unfortunateI probably have already broken a couple of them. The Apostle Paul said it well in his letter to the folks in the church at Rome, "I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate." (Romans 7:15). He goes on to say, "For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is , in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out." (Romans 7:18). Honestly, I have forgotten how many promises I have made to do better, or to be better, but only to fail after a short sprint at the goal.

So, while it may be too late to keep a perfect score on our resolutions, it is not too late to find a solution to our dilemma. That is where forgiveness comes in. David, King of Israel, wrote in the Psalms, "Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your sin." David was a guy that needed forgiveness, (remember the Bathsheba Scandal), and knew where to turn for forgiveness. In that Psalm, David goes on to describe God as One, "who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy." The good news is, that when you have blown it, (not if you have blown it), God is willing and ready to forgive. He is the God of new beginnings.

But the Bible gives us a message of hope that even goes beyond forgiveness. Romans 8 follows Romans 7and in that Paul wrote, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1). We are not only fully forgiven, the shame and condemnation have been removed through Christ. In chapter 8, Paul also describes the work of God's Spirit giving us the power to live a new and different life. "The Spirit helps us in our weakness." (Romans 8:26).

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Rev. Dr. Daryl Donovan

You and I are not perfect after we experience God's forgiveness and the power of the Holy Spirit, but we are different! We are a new creation. I have found that the times I stumble and fumble, and wound others is when I am fully relying upon myself rather than on the Spirit.

So be encouraged! Resolve to relinquish your life to the control of the Holy Spirit of Godand you will find new life. Happy New Year!

The Rev. Dr. Daryl Donovan is the senior pastor at the Sanibel Community Church.



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