Comfort and Forgiveness
by Melanie Davis Porter on November 12th, 2015

​And in that day, thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comforted me.  Isaiah 12:1

His past maimed him to the point of addiction. Dreams of distorted faces, horrid sounds and even smells, chased him to dysfunction. Vietnam took his youth and innocence.  Combat orders haunted him, yet they kept him alive … he turned to alcohol for comfort. 

When I met him, he was a broken soul. He stayed busy, played hard, and worked even harder. He did anything to take away the memories that wrecked him. 

Today he is a decorated combat veteran. He’s one of the few that was shot up, but made it home in one piece. In 1990, over 21 years after he left Chu lai, Vietnam, he found Jesus, but only after years of heartache, loss, and destruction. 

We married in 1986 and it was a long 4 years before he found the Lord. We had a lot of hard times, a lot of tears. I didn’t have a clue how broken he was until he hit bottom. 

On a cool, St. Patrick’s Day evening, 1990, he walked the aisle and gave all his pain to the Lord. On the drive home from church … he spoke about finally feeling peace. 
​“I know the Lord has forgiven me for what I had to do to stay alive. You have no idea how it feels to know that God’s doesn’t hold that against me.”
​The demons chasing him all those years were from guilt and condemnation. 

My Veteran now takes comfort in his God. 

A God who forgave the unforgivable, in his opinion. 

A God who is no longer angry with the years of destruction that led to a wasted life, divorce, and hopelessness.

Oh beloved, God doesn’t withhold good when we do wrong. He does the exact opposite. He forgives.

He is mercy personified. 
  • What have you done that feels unforgivable?
  • What haunts you with condemnation and guilt? 
He is waiting to forgive … and comfort you … all you have to do is ask for forgiveness.

Let this Thanksgiving season be a time of repentance as well as praise. Let the Father lavish his love on all your broken places.

We can’t be forgiven … if we don’t accept His grace.

Thank you God for loving us when we don’t deserve it, and giving us mercy when we need it most. 
     
     
​Today's blog post is part of our November blog series #EverydayThanksgiving.

 
​Melanie Davis Porter....  Simply put I am embarrassed to tell you about myself, but when the Lord led me to this blog thing in 2014, he impressed upon me to be real; therefore, I am not going to paint you a picture of how rosy my walk with Christ is or how perfect my life has been. I am a mess needless to say. But I am a forgiven mess. And maybe you can relate to some of my messes, maybe not. But I pledge to always be honest with you on this forum.  (read more about Mel)
Catch up with Melanie on her website at MelanieDavisPorter.com.


Posted in Everyday Thanksgiving    Tagged with EverydayThanksgiving, Isaiah, forgiveness, grace


4 Comments

Crystal S. Hornback - November 13th, 2015 at 10:01 AM
This is absolutely beautiful, Melanie, and brought me to tears! Thank you for sharing!
Melanie Porter - November 16th, 2015 at 4:34 PM
Thank you Crystal! God is so merciful!
Kelli Ward - November 16th, 2015 at 1:50 PM
Amen! You speak truth...love you and your precious family!
Christina Hubbard - November 16th, 2015 at 6:16 PM
Beautiful, Melanie! What a story! Thanks for sharing!
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