This is Not a Marshmallow

It isn’t a matter of just wanting you to feel better.

This isn’t simply to give you a feel good pump up.

This isn’t a marshmallow. Which is a good thing. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing better that a well roasted marshmallow, stuck on a stick and set aflame over a campfire. There’s just something about black char and tree bark that make the molten gooeyness even more blissful.

But, a steady diet of marshmallows will make you sick. Too much sugar feeling like you wanna barf ill. Ick.

Some Christian teachers just want to keep tossing marshmallows at us. What we do not need is a steady diet of sweetness.

What we need is the truth.

Recognize this for the truth that it is and not as a marshmallow. I say this to comfort you not merely so you will feel better. I write this so you will know the truth of your situation and you can be equipped to help someone out go the same quagmire.

It doesn’t matter who you are.

It doesn’t matter what you have done.

It doesn’t matter where you have been or why.

You may have tried to out-prodigal the prodigal son.

You may have tried to out-smoke Cheech and Chong.

You may think that what you said or did in the past would make the devil himself blush and say, “Don’t think I would have done that!”

Here is the truth about your situation: you are not beyond saving. You are worth saving. You are loved more than you can imagine. You are still drawing breath, so God has given you time. With His help, you can turn away from your sin and find freedom and life and forgiveness in Jesus Christ.

Will it be easy? Probably not. Will it be worth it? You tell me. Salvation is hope eternal. Hope now, hope forever. The reward of following Christ far outshines the pleasures of any sin. You can know true, deep, lasting peace. You can walk away from all the guilt and shame and be renewed, reborn. “But you don’t know what I’ve done.” You’re right. But God knows. And He is love. He is mercy. Through the shed blood of Jesus is forgiveness of all sin. His grace is sufficient for you. His love is unending.

This isn’t a marshmallow. This is your reality. God loves you beyond comprehension. Jesus died for you.

You.

You are neither helpless or hopeless. You are not beyond His reach. Turn to The Lord, trust in Jesus, rest in a His love and seek His forgiveness and His will. He will never leave you.

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