So yesterday Edward and I stopped “crushing” and I had fully let him go. Then I picked up this book today.
Really? I thought I was passed this.
Is this because Elisabeth and Jim’s separation from each other is an element of this book that is keeping hope alive?
So now to content of the chapter.
"Cheyene, it’s natural. I don’t hold it against you or Edward," Ryan said. "You two are making to big of a fuss about it either way because it’s normal."
I headdesked. I had just told Ryan how disgracefully Edward and I acted when we met in real life for the second time. The standard that he held us up to was a natural one. I’m glad he didn’t hold it against us but I knew God did.
We are not meant to live merely by what is natural. We need to learn to live by the supernatural.
I’m sick of people saying what is natural is good. We are all born sinners so sin is natural. Let’s also cut out this “people are good” stuff. We are sinners. I’m exhibit A. If natural was all there was we’d be a sorry people.
God has offered forgiveness for the acts done by our natural sinful side then He offers us His strength to overcome what is natural and live in a new unnatural way.
God did all the work we needed for forgiveness at the cross. Thank God we just need to accept it as the only way because we could never prove ourselves good enough for it ourselves while in our natural selves.
But to tap God’s strength so we can overcome our sinful nature is a harder. The harder times of life, like Elisabeth’s waiting for Jim, where we have to cope using God’s means rather natural means, we learn to tap that strength during that time.
Dear Lord, thank you for the salvation that you freely offered me. I ask that you help me continue on tapping your strength so I can overcome my natural sins.