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Seventy Times Seven
by Christian Coutts
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Seventy Time Seven

Seventy times seven every day
How many times is what the Lord had to say
Forgiveness for wrongs done to me
Even more for the face in the mirror I see

Lord, Your patients knows no bounds
Each day my sins knock me to the ground
But seventy times seven the times you forgive
For this very reason You died so I may live

My righteousness is filthy rags before You
But Your blood covers what I do
My capacity for sin still exists
So seventy times seven I need for those I don’t resist

Seventy times seven and so much more
My past sins and tomorrow’s You bore
The sacrifice made once and for all
Seventy times seven for Your forgiveness I call

Brothers and Sisters,

This has been a while in the making…the poem and the life. This came to me during the holidays, but I couldn’t bring it together until I understood a few thing a little better. Many of you know of my journey into the wilderness. Going by the high standards I had set for myself it was not a very successful journey. But it is not for me that I live and therefore I believe viewed through God it was a tremendous success.

I have learned humility. This journey I set out on I thought was for me to learn to spread the gospel, but what I learned was that this was a journey into me. I slipped and stumbled through many situations. I lost some good habits and found some old bad habits. Basically, this journey put me face to face with the old me.

I am trying to find ways to put all of this into perspective and even share it through some writing, some of it I have already managed to write and post, but there is so much more coming together.

I was getting beat down with guilt and shame. I was allowing this to interrupt my prayer life and my relationship with the Lord. I have missed you. Yes, even coming here has been hindered by guilt and shame. Don’t worry the Lord has given me a wake-up call and I can see again.

Being beat down I did a very fleshly thing, I have been trying to earn my grace back. It has taken a long time to remember that I never earned it in the first place and my efforts were in fact defeating the gift that is grace.

It is easy to think that your past sins are forgiven because of Christ’s sacrifice. I remember getting saved and thinking how glad I was that the terrible deeds that I had done in the past were now forgiven and forgotten. What I have been struggling with is the concept that all my sins are forgiven in that wonderful sacrifice. The ones I committed since the day of my salvation to the ones I will commit until I am called home. Yes, repentance is still required, but the forgiveness…that grace is still there. Seventy time seven and so much more we are forgiven. God is good!!!

In Christ always,

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Anita Johnson 14 Jul 2008
Christian, 'been there,done that'!!! Yes, I totally understand the guilt and the fact that after being saved, when one winds up in the deep, dark pit of sin, it is hard to forgive oneself or to believe that Jesus will actually forgive. Some of this comes from people being so unforgiving and we know how that hurts. I could go on and on, but, the pits and valleys are full of Christians!!!!WONDERFUL PIECE! Anita
Helen Dowd  29 Jan 2008
Hi Christian. Good to hear from you. I could sense victory in this testimony. I am so glad! I have had many testings of late, too, and have not been writing these past months--unusually bad weather, death of a pet, going back and forth to the hospital for Hart, a new rescue dog, Hart in the hospital for two weeks, computer problems....All tests that are temporary. But God gives strength...Your words were an encouragement. Thanks...Helen
Thomas Kittrell 22 Jan 2008
Being beat down I did a very fleshly thing, I have been trying to earn my grace back. It has taken a long time to remember that I never earned it in the first place and my efforts were in fact defeating the gift that is grace.

Christian, you have hit the nail on the head with this. Grace is purely a gift from God, and His grace is sufficient. I have you on my mind often, and in my prayers.

Jide Oboise 20 Jan 2008
Seventy times Seven, indeed we need GRACE!Thanks, wake up call for all of us that we must always be willing to do the Master's will above ours
Jody Goode 20 Jan 2008
Oh, Christian - we have missed you too and are rejoicing with you in praising our wonderful Savior. To remember that our God "is" means that your 'future' is His 'present'. He knew of each of your days and deeds before there was even one of them and you can rest in that you are forgiven as He sees you through His rose colored glasses (Who is Christ our Lord!). God only wants our heart and as long as He's got it, there is no sin that He will not throw as far as the east is from the west. I wrote of the journey you have been travelling, so I wish to share it with you today (forgive me if this is a repeat)... "Handprints". Blessings as you continue to find your way into the welcome of His open Arms! Jody And remember,
There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 NAS
Danette Kettwich 20 Jan 2008
Welcome back! I've missed your writings you are so honest and I really admire that. Praise God that if a million times we fail we will bring us back to him- again, and again, and again.... Keep in touch! Keep writing! Keep reaching for the prize! Keep running towards the finish line! Love Danette


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