What would you do if you were caught doing something to hurt someone you loved a lot? Would you hide because you felt bad, or try and beg for forgiveness?

Often when we realise we’ve sinned against God we go into hiding until we think God might have forgotten! Hosea’s encouragement is this, ‘Come, let us return to the Lord!’ (Hosea 6v1)

Coming back to God when we’ve let him down can be hard, but it’s also the most healing thing we can do. Do you need to return to God and tell him about some stuff?

Check out Hosea 6 here –

Set Free For What?

You’re unexpectedly set free from death row. You can’t believe it. You’re offered a new life, home and job. It’s unbelievable! But a month later you’re still wearing your prison clothes, hanging out with your old gang and back to your old ways. But it’s OK – you’ve got your get-out-of-jail-free card.

When our new life in Christ looks like our old life, the grace we’ve been given is cheapened by our actions. God loved us so very, very much that Christ sacrificed himself for us. Our freedom was bought at a great price. We are new creations in Christ, and called to so much more than our old ways.

Let’s ask God to help us remember his sacrifice, and remind us what we’re really living for.



Where The Healing Begins…

A few days ago we asked people to say what sins tangle and trip them up. Here’s just some of what we got back:

Porn, lust, dodgy stuff in relationships, money, vulgar words, lies, game addictions, losing trust in someone, pride, selfishness, anger, guilt, comparing the way I look to other people, cheating on a boyfriend, gossiping, the way I eat…

On that cross Jesus experienced the full effect of each one of these (imagine that for a minute). Does believing in what Jesus did simply make these struggles go away? Well, no – not always. But it does mean we don’t have to be separated from God any more.

And that’s where healing begins…

What’s your response to that?

Read Colossians 2v13-15 here:


Everything That Hinders

‘Throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles’ (Hebrews 12v2)

Is there anything in your life that might be sin that entangles you?

When I was younger I struggled with pornography for many years. As good as the rest of my life felt, my struggles with porn felt like a rope around my legs that kept tripping me up.

There was no easy solution, but I think it came when I tried to do what this passage suggests – fix my eyes on Jesus and start running the race He called me to.

Sometimes we can get so caught up in the failure linked to the sin, that we miss out on the hope offered by a Saviour. Jesus is bigger than any sin currently tripping you up and really can bring freedom [even if it sometimes takes a while to get there]

Run strong.

Read the story here: Hebrews 12