What help is there for the lost and unworthy?

//What help is there for the lost and unworthy?

QUESTION: I was baptized in my early teens but left the truth. I recently lost a loved one and the hope that they might come back in the resurrection helped me in some ways. I would love to see them again, but my lifestyle isn’t God’s way and I don’t feel worthy asking for forgiveness, as I’ve done so many wrong and bad things and that makes me feel so sad. I don’t know where to go from here. Any advice would be good to try and help me sort things, as I’m not happy. Don’t really feel worthy going to Jehovah. (Edited to change personal info)


 

ANSWER: Your situation is certainly not unique. Many young people who were raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses are in the same situation as you. However, most have no wish to return to their former faith. The very fact that your course makes you feel sad and that you are unhappy in your situation is proof that you are worthy of at least asking God for forgiveness. You are not so far from God as you suppose. According to Psalms 34:18 “Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.”

Here is a Psalm (103)

“Jehovah is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness. He will not for all time keep finding fault, neither will he to time indefinite keep resentful. He has not done to us even according to our sins; nor according to our errors has he brought upon us what we deserve. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, His loving-kindness is superior toward those fearing him. As far off as the sunrise is from the sunset, so far off from us he has put our transgressions. As a father shows mercy to his sons, Jehovah has shown mercy to those fearing him. For he himself well knows the formation of us, remembering that we are dust.”

It is worth noting that this Psalm was written by King David. You likely recall that David committed a terrible sin. He committed adultery with a woman and when he found out that she was pregnant he schemed to have her husband killed. Although Jehovah punished David he forgave him.

There are other examples in the Bible of men and women who did terrible things, but who were forgiven. The apostle Paul said that he was chosen as an apostle because he was the worst of sinners, having persecuted the congregation of Christ. He was chosen as an example of God’s great mercies.

Jesus told the touching story about the prodigal son who squandered his inheritance on prostitutes, but eventually he hit rock bottom and when he came to his senses he decided to go back to his father’s house. But like you, he felt unworthy to be accepted back as a son and was intent on simply asking his father if he could be one of the hired men. But when the father saw him coming down the road he ran to meet him, tenderly kissed him, and called for a banquet to be held in his honor, because the father said ‘my son was lost, but now he’s found. He was dead, but now he is alive.’ 

Jesus told us that story to illustrate how good and ready God is to forgive. His heart is much larger than ours and his compassion much deeper. He knows we are made of dust and are inclined to do what is evil. But you and I have the power to make God happy by looking to him for  forgiveness and mercy. As Jesus said, there is more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over the 99 who have no need of repentance. Paul asked: ‘Do you not know that the kindly quality of God is trying to move you to repentance’? Be assured, God wants you back.

Take note that in the story of the prodigal the son had to take the first step. He had to leave behind his debauched lifestyle and began to head home. But once he headed home then the father went out to meet him. So, you must take the first step too. Do you have faith that God will welcome you back with open arms?

But he spoke this illustration also to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and who considered the rest as nothing: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and began to pray these things to himself, ‘O God, I thank you I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give the tenth of all things I acquire.’ But the tax collector standing at a distance was not willing even to raise his eyes heavenward, but kept beating his breast, saying, ‘O God, be gracious to me a sinner.’ I tell you, This man went down to his home proved more righteous than that man; because everyone that exalts himself will be humiliated, but he that humbles himself will be exalted.” – Luke 18

 

2016-12-08T15:12:23+00:00 March 10th, 2013|Mailbag|1 Comment
  • Brother Robert there are times we all feel very much the same way knowing what is right and yet we stumble over what is wrong.

    John 15:19
    19 If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you.

    2 Corinthians 4:3
    3 If, in fact, the good news we declare is veiled, it is veiled among those who are perishing,

    1 Peter 2:7, 8
    7 It is to you, therefore, that he is precious, because you are believers; but to those not believing, “the stone that the builders rejected, this has become the chief cornerstone” 8 and “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” They are stumbling because they are disobedient to the word. To this very end they were appointed.

    2 Corinthians 4:2
    2 But we have renounced the shameful, underhanded things, not walking with cunning or adulterating the word of God; but by making the truth manifest, we recommend ourselves to every human conscience in the sight of God.

    many feel sorrow and regret that we have sinned against our holy father in heaven many feel an overwhelming guilt and beat them selves with there Conscious mind thus leading to a very overwhelming feeling of being unworthy and simply giving up.

    Romans 11:13
    13 Now I speak to you who are people of the nations. Seeing that I am an apostle to the nations, I glorify my ministry

    1 Corinthians 15:10
    10 But by God’s undeserved kindness I am what I am. And his undeserved kindness to me was not in vain, but I labored more than all of them; yet it was not I, but the undeserved kindness of God that is with me.

    this article backed by the holy scriptures really says it all. jehova’h does not want us to give up and walk away because we at times stumble in fact it is when we stumble that we need jehova’h the most.

    we should also take note that just as jehova’h freely forgives with his undeserved love mercy and kindness we must in turn do the same to all.

    2 Thessalonians 2:16
    Moreover, may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of undeserved kindness,

    2 John 1:3
    There will be with us undeserved kindness, mercy, and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, with truth and love.

    John 13:34
    I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also love one another.

    John 15:17
    “These things I command you, that you love one another.

    Romans 13:8
    Do not owe anything to anyone except to love one another; for whoever loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law.

    Luke 17:3, 4
    3 Pay attention to yourselves. If your brother commits a sin, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. 4 Even if he sins seven times a day against you and he comes back to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

    Romans 3:23
    23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

    Mark 2:17
    On hearing this, Jesus said to them: “Those who are strong do not need a physician, but those who are ill do. I came to call, not righteous people, but sinners.”

    James 4:8
    8 Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you indecisive ones.

    Ephesians 4:32–5:1
    32 But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you.
    5 Therefore, become imitators of God, as beloved children,

    Micah 7:18
    18 Who is a God like you,
    Pardoning error and passing over the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?
    He will not hold onto his anger forever,
    For he delights in loyal love.

    while it is good to have an active Conscious mind to guide us between right and wrong we must also remember that by giving up and walking away from jehova’h we are giving satan exactly what he wants to seperate any one he can from jehova’h. satan loves nothing better then to ruin or stop our spiritual loving relationship with jehova’h just as he did with adam and eve.

    1 Peter 5:8
    8 Keep your senses, be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone.

    2 Corinthians 6:4, 5
    4 but in every way we recommend ourselves as God’s ministers, by the endurance of much, by tribulations, by times of need, by difficulties, 5 by beatings, by imprisonments, by riots, by hard work, by sleepless nights, by times without food;

    1 Corinthians 4:11
    11 Down to this very hour we continue to hunger and thirst and to be poorly clothed and to be beaten and to be homeless

    1 Peter 2:20, 21
    20 For what merit is there if you are beaten for sinning and you endure it? But if you endure suffering because of doing good, this is an agreeable thing to God.
    21 In fact, to this course you were called, because even Christ suffered for you, leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely.

    2 Corinthians 2:4
    4 For out of much tribulation and anguish of heart I wrote you with many tears, not to sadden you, but to let you know the depth of love I have for you.

    Colossians 2:1
    2 For I want you to realize how great a struggle I am having in your behalf and in behalf of those at La·o·di·ceʹa and in behalf of all those who have not personally seen me.

    Ephesians 6:11, 12
    11 Put on the complete suit of armor from God so that you may be able to stand firm against the crafty acts of the Devil; 12 because we have a struggle, not against blood and flesh, but against the governments, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places.

    Proverbs 3:5-7
    5 Trust in Jehovah with all your heart,
    And do not rely on your own understanding.
    6 In all your ways take notice of him,
    And he will make your paths straight.
    7 Do not become wise in your own eyes.
    Fear Jehovah and turn away from bad.

    we must keep in mind that satan can demand to have any faithful brother or sister sifted as wheat even to there very bones just as he did with job but let us take note of the loyal love and reward jehova’h showed job in return for his loyalty love and faith in jehova’h our heavenly father.

    James 5:11
    11 Look! We consider happy those who have endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome Jehovah gave, that Jehovah is very tender in affection and merciful.

    Luke 22:31
    31 “Simon, Simon, look! Satan has demanded to have all of you to sift you as wheat.

    2 Timothy 2:26
    26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the Devil, seeing that they have been caught alive by him to do his will.

    satan is very cleaver in how he attacks mankind he starts his attacks where he knows he can hurt jehova’h and mankind the most for example again take notice of how satan hurt jehova’h god and mankind by attacking gods family Arrangement with adam and eve. just imagine how hurt jehova’h must have felt when satan did this to him and in return this is what jehova’h has done for all mankind.

    John 3:16
    “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.

    Psalm 1:5
    That is why the wicked will not remain standing in the judgment; Nor will sinners remain standing in the assembly of the righteous.

    my whole point being is that no matter how satan attacks we should in those times pray and draw even closer to our heavenly father we should take refuge in jehova’h much the same way as a child who skinned there knees then got up and ran crying into there fathers loving arms for security and comfort strength and compassion. let us put our full faith in our heavenly father jehova’h

    Acts 26:17, 18
    17 And I will rescue you from this people and from the nations, to whom I am sending you 18 to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those sanctified by their faith in me.’

    let us take refuge in our loving father jehova’h in times of trials and tribulations.

    Psalm 18:2
    Jehovah is my crag and my stronghold and the One who rescues me. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, My shield and my horn of salvation, my secure refuge.

    Psalm 34:22
    Jehovah is redeeming the life of his servants; None of those taking refuge in him will be found guilty.

    Psalm 18:30
    The way of the true God is perfect; The saying of Jehovah is refined. He is a shield to all those taking refuge in him.

    Romans 12:3
    3 For through the undeserved kindness given to me, I tell everyone there among you not to think more of himself than it is necessary to think, but to think so as to have a sound mind, each one as God has given to him a measure of faith.

    Hebrews 11:1
    11 Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen.

    Jeremiah 42:12
    And I will show you mercy, and he will have mercy on you and return you to your own land.

    Psalm 103:8
    Jehovah is merciful and compassionate, Slow to anger and abundant in loyal love.

    Psalm 103:12
    12 As far off as the sunrise is from the sunset,
    So far off from us he has put our transgressions.

    1 Peter 2:10
    For you were once not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not been shown mercy, but now you have received mercy.

    Psalm 86:15
    But you, O Jehovah, are a God merciful and compassionate, Slow to anger and abundant in loyal love and faithfulness.

    Psalm 103:4
    He reclaims your life from the pit And crowns you with his loyal love and mercy.

    Psalm 103:11
    11 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    So great is his loyal love toward those who fear him.

    Colossians 3:13
    13 Continue putting up with one another and forgiving one another freely even if anyone has a cause for complaint against another. Just as Jehovah freely forgave you, you must also do the same.

    Romans 12:10
    10 In brotherly love have tender affection for one another. In showing honor to one another, take the lead.

    no matter how difficult our trials and tribulations may be we must always cling to our faith in jehova’h and surely jehova’h will make the way out.

    Deuteronomy 23:14
    For Jehovah your God is walking about within your camp to deliver you and to hand over your enemies to you, and your camp must be holy, so that he does not see anything indecent in you and turn away from accompanying you.

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