Many stores have the words "Satisfaction Guaranteed" in their store policies. You buy something in their store, and if it doesn't meet your expectations, and you aren't satisfied, you can return it for a full refund or exchange it for something else. My husband and I buy at several stores that have this policy, and have, on occasion, had to use it. But, we only use it if a product doesn't stand up to the promises, or is defective. I am sure many people probably abuse the policy, though.
As a person, we have that same policy with the Lord. We were made free agents, free to accept or reject His offer of FREE GRACE by faith for salvation. And, for that, we are guaranteed an eternal abode with him. But, we have to be willing to obey His commandments. We can decide not to follow His ways, and back out of the agreement. But there is no guarantee that God will strive with man forever. Unlike the store policies, we can't constantly keep breaking His commandments, taking back our worldly ways, and expect a ?full return?. If we would only fully trust God completely, when we accept His offer, then there would always be 'satisfaction guaranteed?!
Today, my daughter and I refurbished her flower beds. You can imagine how they looked, having been left all winter. She began early this morning to pull out weeds. Later in the day, I began helping her to pull out the rest of the weeds, finding the perennials coming up under the weeds and leaves that had fallen during the winter.
We bought a few new perennials at the store, along with potting soil and fertilizer. She chose perennials instead of annuals, since they are supposed to come up from year to year. And, most of the time, they do. We began replacing those flowers that had either died, or just never came back up.
Christians are like flowers, in some ways. A Christian starts out in ?full bloom? - wanting to learn all about the Lord. They begin their eternal walk earnestly. But, some, along the way, lose their zeal for the Lord. They become somewhat wilted, if not completely wiped out! Those that last a life time can be called ?perennials?, whereas those that lose their zeal could be called ?annuals?. They are constantly having to battle satan, because they have become . . .
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