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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Forgiveness: Do We Deserve It?


"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." (Colossians 3:13 NIV)

We all need forgiveness. Each and every one of us.

But, do we deserve it?
Do the people that hurt us deserve it?

To be honest, the answer to both of those questions is: No. We and the people that hurt us really don't deserve to be forgiven, but Jesus commands us to forgive ourselves and others. You're probably familiar to the verse, "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Leviticus 19:18 NIV) But are you also familiar with the verse, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Matthew 5:44 NIV)

We should forgive as the Lord forgave us. Note that we should forgive, present tense, and the Lord forgave, past tense. Meaning? God already forgave us! Isn't that amazing?

"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)

Notice again: Forgiving, present tense; forgave, past tense. We need to forgive as God as has already forgiven us.

Forgiveness in Greek means "to let go." (Info) So, let go of the grudge against the person that hurt you. As Mark 11:25 says, "And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins."

God bless your week!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Fighting and Overcoming Addiction


You want to overcome that addiction, but you don't know how
You keep fighting that addiction, but you don't know why you still do it.

How do you fight the addiction?
How do you overcome it?

These are the questions we always ask ourselves. We just want to get rid of that addiction that haunted our past and continues to haunt our life today, but we don't know how. We think that we need to know how to overcome the addiction, but I think we need to ask ourselves another question: WHY do we fight?

Why do we? 
To overcome the addiction? Sure. 
To glorify God? Definitely!

With such questions in mind, it should motivate us to fight and overcome our addiction. But overcoming addiction isn't easy, I can tell you that. I've been there, and am still there.

Never give up! You will be able to overcome your addiction in time. 

God bless your week!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Giveaway On Friend's Blog

Hey! Sorry that I couldn't reach you guys sooner... *points to writer's block* Today, I'm going to share a giveaway a friend of mine is hosting on her blog. I recommend you check it out!

This is a short post, but that's because I don't have much to say today.

Anyway, click on the link below to check her post and giveaway:
https://undyingjoy.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/free-book-giveaway/

Hope you take an interest in her blog and giveaway!

God bless,
Michael