Therefore... It’s not a word that normally ignites a lot of emotion.
Therefore... I’ve heard many bible teachers explain, when you see that word, it is “there” “for” a reason.
Fast forward to our INFG staff meeting when tears bolted from my eyes after I went to the 11th verse after reading Col. 3: 12.
“…In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave or free. Christ is all that matters and He lives in all of us.” (NLT)
For most of my life, I carried burdens that God did not intend for me to bear.
I was born in an era that declared me unfit to swim in pools with people who were not my skin tone.
My gender was the reason that I could not be hired for certain positions.
And I hid behind the shame of aborting children who I felt would bring shame on an already hopeless existence, all contributed to what little perceived self-worth I had.
Then came Christ…
Therefore… since this is a new life in Christ I have accepted, it doesn’t matter what skin tone I am, it doesn’t matter if I’m a man or a woman, it doesn’t matter what the world said that I was.
Jesus Christ is all that matters, and guess what? You’re good enough for Him to live in you! (Insert praise-a-thon/shoutfest)
I invite you, my dearly loved friends to therefore, put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, gentleness, and patience. God’s heart for the abortion-wounded is the only thing that matters is Him.
He forgives you... and he wants to live inside of you.
Melissa Williams is our Director of Ministry Services. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org