The power of forgiveness

Why should I forgive them after what they did to me? Surely if we are honest most of us have asked this question at some point. It makes sense right? After all they did hurt you; sometmes that pain seems unbearable and impossible to heal. Our human nature puts up defenses in order to prevent being hurt in the future as we carry the weight of the baggage of past hurts. Yes forgiveness really is difficult!

Yet what of our perception of forgiveness changed? What if instead of thinking they don’t deserve my forgiveness you thought I want to be free from this pain? Did you know that forgiveness is more for our own benefit than the one we are forgiving? Think about, it makes no difference to the other person if you harbour resentment and anger towards them, especially if the one you will not forgive is no longer physically part of your life. Without forgiveness they will always be a part of your life whether you consciously know it or not, forgiveness releases you! Imagine trying to walk while being chained to another person… imagine trying to walk chained to many… it’s so much harder! Forgiveness is hard but there is power in it! They don’t deserve it, but neither do we if we are honest. There are some horrific circumstances and forgiveness never discredits that! It was still horrific and yes justice is deserved. Yet don’t put yourself in the prison cell of unforgiveness, that would be destroying your own freedom to become the best version of you!

The grace of God is giving all of mankind what they don’t deserve… forgiveness. God knows that forgiveness has the power to unlock this great thing called potential, an opportunity to be so much more than we can ever dream or imagine! 

Personal note.. having being raised in the fostercare system and seperated from my parents as a child I had to forgive a lot of people! God has given me strength now but this was a slow and at times painful process. I tell you something though, I no longer carry bitterness, anger or resentment. What happened cannot be changed but God can heal the wounds if we are willing to let him and if we are willing to forgive.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin us against us. God forgives us… we are set free from our seperation of him. We forgive others… we are set free from our attachment to them. It is a continuous flow of grace that enable us to live with a healed heart and a blessed future. Don’t hold back forgiveness because they dont deserve it because that only prevents you from moving on! 

I was inspired to write this from a ladys post about the hurt of her past. The pain was horrific and understandably being able to forgive is seemingly inpossible. All that can be said is that forgiveness is for your own freedom and future! It is hard thats why we need the strength of Christ, but as I know from experience it is always worth it. To this lady I would say that God loves you and knows your pain, he cares deeply for you and longs for you to live your life in freedom. Ask him for the strength to truly forgive so that you are no longer bound to the shackeles of unforgiveness! You will be free and become all God made you to be! To anyone else struggling in this matter this is for you too.

Romans 3:23 We all fall short of the glory of God

Love and God bless

Dmz

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Eyes of faith

You see a Mess…I see a Miracle waiting to happen.
You see someone Hurting…I see someone ready to be Healed.

You see a world of Hate… I see a world of Hope.

You seek Honor and Glory…I seek Humility and God.

You desire Power…I desire Perserverance.

You want Independence… I want Intimacy.

You see through the eyes of Fear… I see through the eyes of Faith.

You trust in Riches.. I trust in Redemption

You rely on Self… I rely on Salvation

You reject the Cross.. I accept Christ

You seek Lust.. I seek Love

You live for Earth.. I live for Eternity

You want to be Prosperous… I want to be Prudent.

You desire Fame… I desire Forgiveness

I am the World… I am the Way

I am lead by Selfishness … I am lead by Selflessness

I cannot Satisfy you … I can Save you

I am a liar… I am a lion, the lamb and the light of the world. Come to me if you are thirsty and you will be staisfied.. I am Christ and all who come to me by faith and believe that I am he will live even though they die. This is faith, this is satisfaction, this is our God!
Dmz

The depths of grace

If you have been rescued from the muddy mire of your sins, then the grace of God takes on new heights and depths. We may say thanks when God forgives us for stealing a pen from work or telling a small white lie. But when God forgives us for something far more extreme like sexual sin or violence, then grace takes on a whole new meaning, it makes less sense the more serious the sin. Would God really forgive a murderer? Would God really forgive the pimp or the prostitute? Would God really forgive the pedophile? That last one is especially very difficult to grasp! Yet here is the crazy undeniable truth about grace, when someone turns to Christ with sincere repentance then yes they can be forgiven. This doesn’t seem fair right? One sin can keep a person from heaven no matter how small. ‘I’m a good person’, you may say, ‘I have helped the poor and brought medicine to the sick, I haven’t broke the law of the land and have done the best I can’. Yes the world is full of good decent people despite the amount of bad news, the good people far out number the bad. Here is the sad truth, and we need to really grasp this in order to understand the depths of grace.

The world is full of good people but not a single person is perfect. It takes a perfect record to enter Heaven, yet not one of these good people is good enough to enter Heaven! We may have kept the law of the land (and this is a great thing to do) but we have failed to keep the law of Heaven. When you thought about revenge but never took it, you broke the law of Heaven. When you talked bad about so and so but didn’t say it to their face, you broke the law of Heaven. When you saw someone in need and could help but didn’t, you broke the law of Heaven. When you looked at that person with lustful eyes but didn’t act on it, you broke the law of Heaven.
Now that puts a lot of good people outside of Heaven because one broken Heavenly law keeps a person bound to hell. This is not fair right? How is it possible to get into Heaven then? ‘I am doomed, I am far worse than most people! especially in my thought life, so how can I get to Heaven?!’ And why should I be good if at the end of this life I am bound to hell?! Before we get to the remedy of our predicament, it’s important to note that as someone speaking from a christian perspective we seem to shy away from speaking about hell. Some have fallen to the false teaching of universalism and believe that one day all will be saved. Some believe in purgery, that is the belief that people will go to a hell for a time to pay for their sins and then be released, others believe God is too loving and kind to allow a place called hell for people to end up in. I am sorry to be the one to tell you, hell is real, and it is a terrible place to end up in! If universalism is true then Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross for nothing, if purgery is true then Christ can’t have paid for our sins on the cross and if there is no hell then what did Jesus die for?! Broad is the way to hell, do you know what this means? It means that there are many ways to get there and many people freely choose it. Narrow is the way to heaven, this means that there is only one entry point. Its like a motorway compared to a one way country lane. I think you get the drift right?

So where do we stand as a human race before a holy God who can only take a perfect record for Heaven?
If my record was not swapped for Jesus perfect record the day I believed in Jesus, then I dread to think how long my list of sins would have been. It would be like that filing cabinet from the film Bruce Almighty, it would seem like a small list at first, but when compared to the holiness of a perfect God the list is far bigger than I anticipated. The good news is that Heaven too is real and is far greater than our finite minds can imagine. Take the greatest place on earth along with the greatest feeling and mulitpy it many times over, now we are getting close to what Heaven is really like. Yes, be excited! All the hardship of earth, all the unfair treatments, all the losses and all the pain you have ever been through will be washed away through the blood of Jesus when you stand in heaven. How did you get there? Through Gods grace and your faith. Did you tick all the boxes and do everything right? No, but Jesus ticked every box nessecary for entering Heaven, these ticked boxes are also on your record the day you believe in him. 

To understand the depth of grace, we had to understand more of what Jesus has truly saved us from. If we do not realize the horrors of hell and the consequences of our sins, then we would not fully grasp the grace of God. Do not be afraid, only believe! Grace leads us home, God wants none to perish but for all to come to the knowledge of him. Sadly many choose the broad way, I hope that you who read this post up to this point may make a decision to believe in Jesus. Follow the link below after the prayer for what next in your walk of faith.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I come before you now knowing that i am a sinner in need of your saving grace. I sincerely ask you for forgiveness for all the wrongs I have ever done. Please write my name in the book of life and give me your perfect record. Thank you for the cross and your sacrifice for me. I ask this in jesus name, amen.

You may not feel any difference after that prayer, but if you meant it you can trust that you are going to heaven. It is the begginning of a journey. Below in the link are steps for new christians. Please see it as it explains far more for you.

http://www1.cbn.com/teachingsheets/steps-for-new-believers-in-jesus-christ

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Welcome! God bless you and much love from…

DMZ