God, did I do something wrong? Am I being punished?
The days of punishment are long gone, my child, they died on the cross with my son. I have only love for you and want only the best for you. You are my child, and you are loved beyond what even your mind can comprehend.
You have only to look after yourself, love yourself and love others as you would have them love you. That is your charge in this life; to love as I have loved you, to use your talents for the betterment of others, and to love yourself.
When you live a life of pure love, you live from the spirit. Your actions are pure and forthright. One can do no wrong, commit no sin when they live with pure love. The joy is too great. Strive, my child, for that kind of life, and you will only know joy, even in the direst of circumstances.
It takes time to learn to live from the spirit, my child. If you are struggling, look at it as a chance for growth. Sometimes your struggles are to deepen your faith and allow you the opportunity to grow in spirit so you can be happier and more fulfilled.
If, perchance, you have trodden where you should not, remember the light and return to it. Let go of your ties to dark pleasures from earthly things that harm you or dim your light. You were made to shine, and you cannot do that if you continue to do things that you know are wrong or hurt another.
Be wary of what you fill your mind with and expose your heart to. Violence, anger, lust and vulgarity do nothing to aid the spirit and much to harm it. Feed your soul with light, your body with nourishment and on your lips carry words of peace, understanding and love.
If you have chosen to walk in the shadows and are struggling, it is because your spirit is calling out to you, urging you back to the light. Just as you once chose to walk in the shadows, so too can you choose to return to the light, my child.
If you have fallen ill, know that it is not of my making. I did not create sickness in this world, my child, but it does exist. I send angels to help when you are sick and provide you with the strength you need to carry on. When it becomes too much to bear, I call you home, not to punish you but to welcome you into everlasting peace and love.
I have given you what you need to thrive in this world. Use your talents, your voice and call out to me, I am here, and I love you. Pick yourself up, child, you have what you need; look within, and you will find it. Let your spirit guide you.
My dear sweet child, do not get lost in your sorrow and pain. I am not punishing you. I love you; you are my child. Even when you err, I still love you.
The greatest gifts have been given unto you, the gift of forgiveness, love and the Holy Spirit. Go forth and share these gifts with the world and know forever more that you are loved.
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