Receiving forgiveness is in many ways harder than giving forgiveness. You not only struggle with feeling unworthy of this undeserved gift, but also are dependent on if the person you wronged will forgive you. How can we transform our mind to release our heart of guilt and accept forgiveness?
Pride is a venomous poison that seeps into the lives of even the mightiest of men. It claims self-sufficiency and independence as a focal point for one’s accomplishments. I struggle with this form of pride. Who wants to be dependent on anyone or anything? Yet God is desiring a humble spirit, to realize that we can’t live this life in our own strength. Even when we don’t give praise and honor to God, He is still where the strength is coming from.
Christians are supposed to be known by their love: love for God, and love for their neighbor. So why is there so much controversy over the issue of homosexuality? Why is the Church against Homosexuality?
It is tempting to focus on everyone else’s strengths, puffing them up in admiration of what you are not. Unfortunately, this tends to leave an empty place in your own heart, wondering what is your purpose in this vast world? Becoming a parent has pulled on this concept of purpose. I know God has blessed me with two beautiful kids that are my heart, and my sunshine.
I felt led to write about forgiveness. Not because I am an expert on the matter, but because I think it is so vital in living a joyful Christian life. Forgiveness is hard, nobody claims it is not. When somebody hurts us, it is hard to rebuild trust and move on from the wrongs that they committed. What reasons are we to give that would force us to forgive, instead of just abandoning the friendship, or avoiding the person all together?