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Study this Book – Proverbs 17

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Sorry not Sorry

You know, I really get tired of people coming to apologize for things they’re not going to change. I don’t feel like forgiving a mistake that someone is probably going to make again in the next hour or day. The whole I’m sorry, I won’t do it again, I’m sorry I did it again routine gets so old. 

But, what I really can’t wrap my brain around is how God does it. 

I can’t remember how many times I was sorry. Or how many times I was sorry, again. Or for that matter, how many times I was sorry and this was the last time. So, what I’m saying is, God forgave me knowing I would sin again. And His “know” isn’t a gut-instinct like ours, He really knows. Yet, He forgives. 

So, the question is, who am I not to forgive you for some of the very things I’m asking God to forgive me for? 

Colossians 3:13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 

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Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Proverbs 17:9 (NLT) Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,

    but dwelling on it separates close friends.

I don’t like arguing with my husband or anyone. I don’t like disagreeing with people. I don’t like being hurt and having to forgive. Who wants any of that, right?

Today, I read Proverbs 17:9 and I thought about my roll in a person’s forgiveness story. Now, I’m not saying people should hurt you just so you forgive them over and over and over. I am saying that every time you forgive a fault against you, you do your part in preserving love.

Every time I forgive my husband or vice versa, our marriage grows a little more love. When forgiveness takes place, love prospers. It’s dwelling on mistakes that strains the relationships.

Is it easy to forgive? Not always. It is right to forgive? Always. If we’re placed on this earth to love and forgiveness makes love prosper when we do, forgiveness is that much more important.

I believe, we’re most like Christ when we serve and when we forgive. Christ didn’t have to do either, but He chose to. He chose to set the example. Surely I can do both because I need to. Really, I believe God is saying, just put a little love in your heart.

If Jesus can forgive crucifixion. Surely, we can survive and find a resolution – India. Arie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxMLZjqZ8wE

 

 

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Crucifixion Biography

027441-glossy-black-icon-culture-religion-cross-simpleI really want to approach the story of Christ’s crucifixion from a different perspective. I’ve been in prayer and asking God, that I not approach it as a story I’ve read many times, but as a part of my own biography. It may not be an event that I saw, but it was for me that He was there. It’s not just for the history books, it’s for my present and future.

The day that Christ was crucified is a pinnacle day in my own life story. Although it is a Bible story from many years ago, its purpose was and is for me. His crucifixion and resurrection are the events that make His life as a perfect sacrifice the final piece. Therefore, these events are what make my salvation the final piece.

To separate this story from my own personal biography would be in a sense, to separate salvation from my own narrative. And without salvation, without forgiveness, without God’s love, I am nothing.

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Deity for Me

How could it be

That You would give it up Your deity for me?

Even when sin is all I can see

Still You gave up Your deity for me.

 

A King on His Throne

Then it was gone.

You chose humility

All for me.

 

I really don’t understand

But it was Your master plan.

And although to me it doesn’t make sense

Your love is just that intense.

 

No more life of sin

I win!

Because of what You did

When on the cross, Your love was not hid.

 

And as undeserving as I may be

I’ve accepted You as my Savior, You see.

After all, what would life be

Without accepting the One who gave up deity for me?

 

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One Sin = One Lash

What if Jesus took one less lash across his back and I had to live with that one extra lie? Or what if he said no to being flogged, and that was my impure thoughts unpaid for? Jesus had to go through it all so that I could experience all that God has for his children.

Couldn’t he just come and die? Well, yeah, but what would the cost have been for you? Jesus paid my sin debt by going through every bit of the painful process of shame, beatings, and crucifixion. It all was necessary because ALL of my sins needed to be forgiven.

So what if I lived today as if that one lie I don’t tell is one less lash on Christ’s back? What if I lived today like I understand someone died so that I could live eternally? What if just one day at a time I lived not thinking that works could get me into Heaven but thankful that works don’t keep me out?

I guess what I’m saying is, what if for one day, I stopped living for me and actually starting living for God?

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Unbelievable

This morning, I was finishing up my morning time, and thinking about how real God is. Lately, I’ve been thinking or having passing thoughts of how I know He exists. You know, if someone were to ask me how do I know He’s real what would I say?

Certainly, He has proven to be real in healing throughout my family, deliverance from many situations, and I’ve seen Him in the ability that others have had to forgive people for some very cruel things. A person who has been abused I truly believe can only forgive their abuser through the grace and strengthening of God.

And I guess the thing that stuck out with me today was, why can I not believe in God? If a person can believe that somehow this world and its creation was formed by chance, isn’t that a bit farfetched? I mean wouldn’t it be easier to believe that there is a God who could put all of this together?

My question is, if you have the right to believe that God doesn’t exist, why is it wrong for me to believe that He does?

If you can believe that this world created itself, and think that makes sense, then why is it completely irrational to believe that God could orchestrate it all?

Romans 1:20 (NLT)

20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

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