The ugly old couch I was ashamed of stopped me from inviting people over. After talking and praying about my anger with a good friend, I felt myself putting up walls again to keep things from getting too real. But I need to see and deal with the ugly parts because...
moments of grace, and I have hope that this ugly side I'm working on will be beautiful too.
Here are some verses from the Bible that guide and encourage me in this process:
John 10:10 (Jesus said) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you,
2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.