Forgive

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

 

Is it difficult for you to forgive someone whom you perceive to have offended you slightly when God has forgiven you for your vast amount of offences toward Him? The key to forgiving others is to constantly remind yourself what God has forgiven you for. Realizing God’s infinite love and forgiveness will help you to love and forgive others equally. Do not worry about those who have wronged you – let God take care of that. Do not drench your life in bitter feuding. The only way to live with love and joy is to renew yourself and your mind.(Tyndal Study Bible)

 

How many people do you know who bear grudges against others and against circumstances? I personally know people who have not spoken to their own family in years. Something insignificant often causes such consequences. Do you know anybody like that? Or, is this you?

 

Things such as grudges, anger and resentment burden the heart and have the potential to drive you insane. You will never be able to acquire true piece if you refuse to forgive. Once you have chosen to forgive, you cannot live in the past anymore – it is over.

 

The people who know me will be aware that my business position has changed dramatically in the past few years, from owner to worker. I could be angry with the world, bear a grudge against everybody and everything. However, with the motivation of my family, I made a conscious decision to overcome the situation, get over myself and to get on with it.

 

I therefore learned once more to never give up. The cream always rises to the top. You have been there once before, why not again?

 

Just as the scripture says, God has given you another chance – use it. Do not waste it when someone else who has not been given the opportunity could capitalize on it, share and forgive.

 

It is rewarding, I guarantee  it.

 

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Love your enemies

“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭44‬ NLT)

 

5:43, 44 – By commanding us to refrain from retaliation, Jesus keeps us from taking the law into our own hands. By loving and praying for our enemies, we can overcome evil with good.

 

The Pharisees interpreted Leviticus 19:18 (“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD”) as a teaching that they should love only those who love in return, and interpreted Psalms 139:19-22 and 140:9-11 as them having to despise the enemies who opposed them. However, Jesus says we are to love our enemies too. 

 

If you love your enemies and treat them with the love of God, you will truly reflect the love of Jesus and thus acknowledge to God, yourself and others that He is Lord of your life. This is possible only for those who surrender themselves entirely to God, because only he can deliver people from worldly selfishness. We must trust the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us mirror God’s love to those whom we may not feel love for(Tyndal Study Bible)

 

Rather share, help and care for others. I work in an environment where sharing is not part of one’s daily routine. Sales is a dog-eat-dog environment. We are all chasing the same bone – which is merely a reflection of life itself. 

 

One cannot assume that one’s colleagues will just hand out sales to anyone else. The opponent is not going to give up and just let another salesman win the battle. I am sure you have heard the expression, “win or lose gracefully.” It is a very admirable trait in people, especially considering how difficult it is to lose gracefully. I really struggle with it a lot of the time. The key is to strive for the quality, as grace is available to all.

 

Can you image applying the “love your enemies” principle? You will certainly stand out. “Now that is a good man,” people will say. How many times can you honestly say people have said that about you? It’s these qualities and principles that count. The life lessons and principles I learn from the Bible have contributed to my most outstanding achievements as a Christian thus far. I can’t stop wanting to tell people about them. Trust me, I fall short of the GLORY of God. But I never stop trying. Real failure is when one stops trying.

 

I heard the most amazing words the other day – “success is what you do with your current circumstances.”

 

Love your enemies – Wow.

 

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Joyful and Thankful

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭16-18‬ NLT)

 

5:16-18 Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands—be joyful, never stop praying, and be thankful—often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we will begin to see people in a new perspective. When we do God’s will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful.

 

5:17 Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? Paul said that believers should never stop praying. A Christian’s persistence is an expression of faith that God answers prayer. Faith shouldn’t die if the answers come slowly, for the delay may be God’s way of working his will. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering—in ways that he knows are best.(Tyndal study Bible)

 

It’s the little things we over look. I wake each morning and tend to overlook the things that we should be grateful for. We tend to complain easy. Rather than be joyful over what we have, with a thankful  heart. You will stop overlooking things.

 

 Persistence is key. Have you met a Christian? Have you noticed how persistent they are in what they believe. We will never give up on a lost soul. To achieve in life you have to be persistent, no matter what you do. All the successful people I know are persistent. Yes, and sometimes success comes slowly, just persist. If at first you don’t succeed try again, never stop trying. A loser quits. So persist being Joyful , Prayerful and thankful in all circumstances. The mental and material rewards will be great.

 

Never stop – praying.

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Admit it’s that easy

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (‭1 John‬ ‭1‬:‭9‬ NLT)

 

1:9  Christians do not understand that God wants to forgive us. He allowed his beloved Son to die just so he could offer us pardon. When we come to Christ, he forgives all the sins we have committed or will ever commit. We don’t need to confess the sins of the past all over again, and we don’t need to fear that God will reject us if we don’t keep our slate perfectly clean. Of course we should continue to confess our sins, but not because failure to do so will make us lose our salvation. Our relationship with Christ is secure. Instead, we should confess so that we can enjoy maximum fellowship and joy with him.

 

True confession also involves a commitment not to continue in sin. We wouldn’t be genuinely confessing our sins to God if we planned to commit them again and just wanted temporary forgiveness. We should also pray for strength to defeat temptation the next time we face it.

 

 It is human nature to hide our sins or overlook our mistakes. But it is hard to learn from a mistake you don’t acknowledge making. And what good is a mistake if it doesn’t teach you something? To learn from an error you need to admit it, confess it, analyze it, and make adjustments so that it doesn’t happen again. Everybody makes mistakes, but only fools repeat them.(Tyndale study Bible)

 

In your darkest hour, have you called on God? Yes I am sure you have. Just like the comment says we need to learn from our mistakes. Not always easy. As humans, we don’t want to admit to our failures. When we fail we are quick to seek solution or excuse. Sadly, often we just make excuse.Solution takes effort, you have to think about it, and to most, that’s work. That’s why I seek solution in God and his Manuel the Bible. He is the solution, power and my inspiration.

 

You don’t make a sale! Have you taken the time to analyze why? Once you have analyzed , try improve at the next opportunity. Can you imagine, if we apply this principle to all aspects of our lives. Let it become second nature to admit, analyze and rectify. They key is, rectify and learn.

 

I would just like to say, to believe is to say I do. Declare it.

 

Admit and rectify.

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The Power

And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭2‬ NLT)

 

8:2 This life-giving Spirit is the Holy Spirit. He was present at the creation of the world (Genesis 1:2- the spirit of God was hovering over the water) and he is the power behind the rebirth of every Christian. He gives us the power we need to live the Christian life.(Tyndale Study Bible)

 

Lots of us don’t understand that the Power of resurrection is available to all of us. If you believe. When Jesus died for our sins on the cross, it was the power of the Holy Spirit that resurrected Him from the dead. That power is available to everyone. If you believe. That is why you  see miracles performed today.Have you ever said that’s a God sent?Well believe it or not nothing happens by accident. Yes we have a influence. We need to make the right choices. That’s why the Bibles is there, to guide us. You have heard this, God only helps those who help themselves (seed time and harvest, doing right and working hard)? So in short, have faith, believe and you will  receive the Power. Make the right choices and work diligently, the rewards will be huge.

 

It’s up to You – get the Power (from God)

 

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Just care

This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭10‬ NLT)

4:12 Some people simply enjoy being with others. They make friends with strangers easily and always are surrounded by friends. Other people are shy or reserved. They have a few friends, are frequently uncomfortable talking with people they don’t know or mingling in crowds. Shy people don’t need to become extroverts in order to love others. John isn’t telling us how many people to love, but how much to love the people we already know. Our job is to love faithfully the people God has given us to love, whether there are two or two hundred of them. If God sees that we are ready to love others, he will bring them to us. No matter how shy we are, we don’t need to be afraid of the love commandment. God provides us the strength to do what he asks.(Tyndal Study Bible)

The most amazing thing for me, as individuals, we are just concerned about ourselves. What’s in it for me? I make myself guilty of this all the time. So when I am writing this I am speaking to myself.Loving and caring is the only thing. This principle does not only apply to people you care about.  It is how you approach everything, the taxi driver, your job, the car you drive, literally everything. Just do and approach everything with Love. It reminds me of that principle again, seed time and harvest? Can you image the rewards you will receive if you apply this principle.

Just love.

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What we do today

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭18‬ NLT)

8:17 There is a price for being identified with Jesus. Along with being “heirs of God’s glory,” Paul also mentions the suffering that Christians must face. What kinds of suffering are we to endure? For first-century believers, there was economic and social persecution, and some even faced death. We, too, must pay a price for following Jesus. In many parts of today’s world, Christians face pressures just as severe as those faced by Christ’s first followers. Even in countries where Christianity is tolerated or encouraged, Christians must not become complacent. To live as Jesus did—serving others, giving up one’s rights, resisting pressures to conform to the world—always exacts a price. Nothing we suffer, however, can compare to the great price that Jesus paid to save us. (Tyndale Study Bible)

Salvation is priceless. Just like Paul is saying anything worthwhile, there is a price to pay. Think of your daily tasks, it takes hard work and determination to achieve. Just like Christians stand out from the rest, if you want to achieve these days,  you have to stand out from the rest. You have to go that extra mile, make that extra call, whatever is necessary. The Bible teaches us the principle of seed time and harvest. So the world agrees what you put in you get out. So why not go that extra mile? The Glory  and reward will be there. I have an unfair advantage I have God on my side as well.

Go for it

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