According to the Press-Telegram of Long Beach, an Escondito rental home was so crammed with explosives that authorities saw no other choice but to destroy it. The authorities stoked a fire so hot that explosive materials were unable to ignite. The home vanished from view in under sixty minutes.
I'm so glad that's not God's approach with us. In spite of the junk we choose to insert into our lives, no matter how volatile our life becomes, His love remains. We do pay the price for certain choices here at this time, but as for eternity, God's forgiveness is available to all who ask. Torching isn't necessary.
As holiday stress builds within and we feel like perhaps we'll simply blow up from the anxiety of it all, let's recall the gift of God's forgiveness. Sometimes we hold onto issues in our lives which could explode on us at any time. Those issues are like sins we choose to keep away from God. According to 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." Instead of holding onto anger or pride or self-focused attitudes which will eventually turn on us and destroy us. God is like the ultimate firefighter who can handle any explosive ordinance we choose to surrender to Him. He clears it out of our lives and helps us to start fresh.
* Watson, Julie. "Explosives filled home is now gone", associated press, 12/9/10
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