I need you to sit down and watch this video.
I love this song and the “twist” in the middle of this particular version is so powerful. You’ve gotta see it.
Seriously. Take a 9 minute break. Make sure you won’t be interrupted. Listen closely and really soak in what this song says. Think less about the performance (which is great btw) and really take in what Jesus did for us on that cross.
When I think about what Jesus went through for us, for me, I am completely overwhelmed.
The pain, the hurt, the humiliation, the shame. The sacrifice, the self-control, the humility, the LOVE…
I can barely see the screen as I type this as I can’t even think of what He endured without being deeply moved. My gratitude cannot be described in words. Thank you, Jesus, for taking on my sin. Thank you for loving me. And for making a way…
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
1 John 3:16
Video by lifechurch.tv.
“Sometimes the battle is the blessing because it proved God’s presence to you in a way that no good time could have.”
- Pastor Steven Furtick
Forgiveness isn’t an option. It’s mandatory.
Jesus makes this clear over and over again.
In the prayer he modeled for us in Matthew 6. In his answer to Peter in Matthew 18:21-22. In the story he told of the unforgiving servant later in that chapter.
And check this out:
But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Do you get that?
Forgiveness is the one thing that Jesus says is actually tied to God’s forgiveness of us! (Well, forgiveness and repentance. Or maybe repentance isn’t real without forgiveness.)
And not just forgiveness, but restoration.
The entire Bible is the story of God fixing what’s broken. That’s who HE is and it’s who he wants us to be.
God doesn’t even want our offerings until we fix things with other people. And he’s not cool with our promises to get around to fixing things someday.
He tells us to GO. Now. Right now.
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Are you starting to understand how important forgiveness is to God?
Found a great article by Randy Alcorn in which he reminds us, “Forgiveness is clearly a matter of choice, not feelings.”
Will we choose to do what God says? Or what we want?
And for those of us who need to seek forgiveness, will we choose to humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness, make things right and seek reconciliation? Will we do what God tell us in Romans 12:18?
Forgiveness and reconciliation aren’t easy, but God doesn’t tell us to do these things to punish us. God knows what’s actually best for us. That’s what he wants for us!
See, God knows that, as Randy Alcorn puts it, forgiveness is the ultimate pain reliever.
God wants us to understand that reconciliation heals the heart.
Does anyone believe that the father in Luke 15 would have been better off holding a grudge? Would shutting out his repentant son have helped either of them?
So, GO! Reach out. Love. Let God heal! Forgive…
Check out Randy Alcorn’s blog post HERE
Some great thoughts from Daughter By Design.
What Anna writes is so true.
Often, we take surveys, looking for the answers we want to hear. Or we seek permission to make decisions we know God doesn’t want us to. As if any consensus could trump the Creator of the universe and designer of our hearts.
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Each one offering an option for me to take and door I can step through leading to an end I cannot yet see.
And in those moments of uncertainty when I feel overwhelmed about which road I should go I make a huge mistake: I run as fast I can to get advice from important people in my life: my mentor, my sister, my friends, or my father.
This may seem to not make any sense.
Isn’t it wise to run to people for advice when you find yourself at a crossroad or dead end or a situation you don’t know how to handle?
But only after you first run to God.
All of these years I’ve had it backwards.
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Sometimes we get so caught up in our “stuff,” that we miss the awesomeness of all that’s around us.
Here’s a quick 3 minutes of audio encouragement for you on this Monday morning…
Hope you all have a great week!
HALLELUJAH in spite
HEALING in time
HOPE in front of us
Bonus: Helping others going through same thing.
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ returns.”
1 Peter 1:6-7
The more I surrender to God’s grace, the more I HATE sin. Especially my own.
Instead of using it as a license to live in sin, Grace becomes the motivating force to do right.
It changes hearts, open eyes and realigns desires.
And, like Paul, instead of raging against the people you see as sinners, you realize the only response is love.
It really is amazing…
For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.