A LIFESTYLE OF FORGIVENESS

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:29-32

Showing mercy to those who hurt us does not come naturally— it’s easier to get angry at them and remain that way. We justify our lack of forgiveness by pointing to the injustice that took place or harm that was done. But God commands us to be merciful (Luke 6:36). We who have been shown divine mercy are to practice a lifestyle of forgiveness. –

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A CONFIDENT RELATIONSHIP

“Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me… Alexander the copper smith did me much harm… At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me… But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me.” – 2 Timothy 4:10-17 NASB

Paul began his Christian life when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. Others were present, but no one else heard Jesus’ voice. They just knew something dramatic had taken place, that Paul had become blind. In Damascus, Paul met with Ananias, who gave Paul perspective, praying for him and giving him direction. Perhaps most importantly, he introduced Paul to the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:1-18). Continue reading “A CONFIDENT RELATIONSHIP”

FEAR OF REJECTION

‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.’ – Hebrews 13:6 NIV

When we become insecure in our identity, we can starting fearing nonacceptance. We become people-pleases who want other people to like us and approve of us. We think that approval comes from what we do, and we constantly strive to be good enough and acceptable. Sometimes this happens in our relationship with God too. We start thinking that we’re unacceptable to Him, that we have to prove our worth through our actions and then maybe He’ll accept and love us. But we don’t need to let the fear of nonacceptance control us. It’s true that people aren’t always going to like us, we’ll face rejection, but we can be confident that we’re already accepted by God. We don’t have to look a certain way or do certain things to earn His approval. God looks at our heart. ‘The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart’ (1 Samuel 16:7 NIV). So if our heart is fixed on God, we can be sure that we’ve got His acceptance, even if we haven’t got it from other people. The Bible tells us that Jesus faced rejection too: ‘the living Stone – rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him’ (1 Peter 2:4 NIV). And that’s also true for us, we may be rejected by other humans, but God’s chosen us and we’re precious to Him. So when we’re feeling fearful that we’re not good enough and we start striving to be accepted by others we need to remind ourselves that God accepts us and loves us. And it’s His opinion of us that matters.

What Now?
Write a letter to yourself, as if you were writing to a friend. Tell yourself all your good points, how much you’re loved by God and include some of your favorite Bible verses. Every time you feel you’re not good enough, read the letter.

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RESPECT YOUR BOSS

Exhort bond-servants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” – Titus 2:9-10

In today’s society, it is important to understand that this passage is giving us instructions as employers and employees. And simply stated, as an employee, we are to be obedient to our bosses.

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Not Guilty

The new covenant provides cleansing for a guilty conscience.  In talking about the old covenant, read Hebrews 9:9, “It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience.” 

It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience.

Then verse 14 about the new covenant, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

At the point of conversion, not only is sin taken away, but the burden of guilt is lifted.  The conscience is cleansed.

Even if you sin as a believer, thank God for 1 John 1:9,  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If you are still grappling with a guilty conscience after you have from your heart repented of sin and confessed it to God, then one of three things is happening:

1. The devil is accusing you.  He is called the accuser of the brethren.  He will run by your kitchen window with flash cards which say, “Remember when you did this?  Remember when you did that!”  Do not listen to the devil.
2. You have not forgiven yourself.  You are forgiven by God, but you have not forgiven yourself.  If God Almighty has forgiven you, you need to forgive yourself.
3. It may just be that you need to make restitution.  That is something you will have to work out between you and God.  Sometimes when you have injured a party through your sinful act, your conscience is going to bother you until you make things right with that person.

Under the new covenant there is cleansing from a guilty conscience, and it makes an awfully soft pillow at night.

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