Forgiveness can be a challenge. Brother Yun, who has suffered brutal torture in Chinese re-education centres has a right humanly-speaking to be bitter and yet he says,. As the saying goes, bitterness is like you drinking poison and waiting for your enemy to die.
While reconciliation requires two people, forgiveness only requires one. Forgiveness for a Christian is even more important.
If we want to be forgiven for our sins, then we have to forgive those who sin against us Matthew Considering our job as Christians is to be ambassadors of reconciliation, it makes sense that the first place we have to do that is in our own lives. Not without it being a sad and somewhat delusional and unconvincing offer. Our heart might struggle, wavering between anger and forgiveness. Just like a wound might need dressing multiple times to fully heal, so sometimes we have to make the choice to forgive. And that can be very hard.
What I find most personally challenging is not forgiving others, but forgiving myself for the mistakes I make. Even when I know better. And then my natural inclination is to dwell on the failures. I need to extend to myself the same forgiveness God has for me. Negative self-talk unchallenged, wreaks a dreadful cost in our lives.
Allow conviction, not condemnation. Only our enemy, Satan, wants us to be trapped in the despair of condemnation. Because of this post 1 on Repentance sat alone for a long time. Months ago I sat looking at this chapter, trying to extract my blog post. And yet, now I see it. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Satan will do all he can to steal our identity in Christ, to weaken our faith and to make us ineffective spiritually. We need to realise the tug of war is real, ongoing, and the costs of losing are personally high. But discipline is only beneficial if we accept the correction.
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Yun recounts from his own life how his pride resulted in him being imprisoned in Myanmar because he stopped listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. If you make a wrong decision and partake of it, it can destroy your life and bring you untold misery and pain. What are the things that are more likely to distract me from the things of God?
It could be rewards e. Yun advises,. I know that there are areas which I need to reflect on and take to God. Two scriptures stand out to me. And also,. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Today I share the beginning of a short story.
It came to me as a synergy of two things. The first was from my reading of Living Water :. Today in Protestant circles the same thinking prevails in a different guise. It results in a stream of believers only equipped to play spiritual games inside the safety of their church walls, but totally ill prepared when they have to leave their Christian environment and interact with real people in the outside world.
Bloody vomit. No other sound was as scary these days. It had been just 3 months since the first incident of the plague had occurred.
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Everywhere you looked people were either dying or panicked out of their minds. And both categories of people were dangerous. The Government, or what was left of it, was desperately working on a cure to what was being called the precursor of human extinction. The officials and scientists worked in isolated and fortified emergency compounds. Soldiers guarded the perimeter and used their guns to enforce it. Sadly, it was simply too dangerous to be out among the sick; any attempt to care for the unwell was highly selective — the vast majority were left to die without aid or comfort.
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