The Love that a person has for Jesus, is directly proportional to the view that they have of their life.
Mary Magdalene was a known prostitute in Jerusalem.
In John chapter 8, she is brought by the Pharisees before Jesus to be judged for her adultery, being caught in the very act. John 8:4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.” (NIV) Continue reading “Our Capacity For Love, Is Determined By How Well We Know Our Self”
The issue of forgiveness is one that few people want to be reminded of. This is, of course, unless they have been offended by someone else. When someone offends us, we expect them to come to us quickly and admit their mistake, seeking our forgiveness. When It is we who are the offender, very few of us will seek to apologize or admit that we are at fault. Jesus was very specific on this matter and quite serious in the manner in which we should resolve ALL conflicts that we have with another believer. He said that if we are unwilling to forgive and forget, then He will not forgive our sins.
Matthew chapter 18, is the quintessential guide on how to resolve all conflicts within Jesus church. May we all read this carefully and follow everything that our Lord has instructed us to do… Continue reading “The Importance of Forgiveness and Resolving Conflict in Jesus Church”
Does the Lord really care about the things that we look at, the places we go, the things we say, and the way that we live our life?
Paul wrote in the New Testament that those who believe in Jesus and who have asked Him to be their Savior and the Lord of their life, should live in the same way that Jesus lived His life.
He who says he abides in Jesus ought himself also to live just as He lived. 1 John 2:6
The question that each one of us must ask ourselves is “Am I living my life in a manner that is a true reflection of Jesus?” In other words, when people see us—as we claim to love the Lord—do they see a person who speaks and does the things that Jesus said and did? Can people tell if we love Jesus by the way that we speak and the way we live? Continue reading “It Matters, What We Say and Do”
Every person has, at one time or another, been hurt by someone.
We have all experienced disappointment from people that we have loved and trusted. Many of us have been betrayed by close friends or even family members.
What we do with our feelings, after these things have happened to us, will determine our personal happiness in the future.
The way that the world handles offenses, is to get even. To make known to as many people as possible, the things that someone has done to us. Many people will tell you that they cannot gain any closure, after they are hurt, until the person who caused the injury has been punished.
In reality, none of these things work to alleviate our pain and suffering. Continue reading “The Key to Overcoming Anger and Bitterness: Random Acts of Kindness”
The recent news of nine people killed in South Carolina, and the immediate forgiveness of Dylan Roof, by the families of those who lost their loved one’s, is extraordinary, indeed.
Some people have asked how a person could be that good that they could forgive the horrendeous acts of someone so vicious.
When Jesus came into the world, His message was simple: God is ready to forgive anyone, of any sin. Jesus is described by the New Testament as God, who looked upon the suffering of human beings in this world and was compelled to do something. He determined to leave heaven, take the body of a man and become one of us, so that He might be able to die for us and all of our sins. When Jesus died, He paid for the sins of every person, for all time.
Jesus said if we will come to Him in sincere repentance for our sins and ask Him for forgiveness, He will remove all our sins and make us perfect in the sight of God. Why He would be willing to suffer such a horrible death for sinners, He simply loves us.
Because we understand how much we have been forgiven, we are compelled—by the love of Christ, to forgive those who have hurt, or offended us. Even to the degree that a person has taken the life of a dear loved one, we must forgive, because we have been forgiven so much. Continue reading “How Could the Families of Those Killed in South Carolina Forgive Dylann Roof?”
What would it be like to be truly loved? If someone could look into our heart and see who we truly are. To be known for the person we really are and all our words and actions understood for their true meaning. There is only one who has the ability and desire to know us in this way. He came from eternity and lived amongst us–so that we might know this great love.
One of the basic precepts of the Messiah’s kingdom is His righteous judgement. He is coming to make right all of the unjust governments of men and rule the world with absolute rectitude. He will not judge in the way that men judge—through bias with ulterior motives. The judgement of the Messiah will be based on the truth without regard to the opinions of men. The Book of 1 Samuel details how God judges the affairs of men, looking into the heart of the man, to see what his true motives and purposes are.
1 Samuel 16:7 …For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” Continue reading “The Messiah’s Love and Righteous Judgement”
Forgiveness is one of the most important principles of Jesus’ kingdom. In fact, it is so important that Jesus stated that the Father will not forgive you unless you forgive those who have sinned against you.
Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Forgiveness is accomplished by letting a matter go and moving on past the hurt and all of the other emotions we feel. Forgiveness is treating the offending person as if nothing had ever happened. Many people have stated that “they can forgive, but they cannot forget.” This is actually a very selfish way of looking at forgiveness. You must forget the matter, or you will never be able to move out of the bitterness and anger you feel for the one who hurt you. Of course, you will always remember what has happened; but you must not remember so as to repeat your former anger, the desire for revenge, or determine that you really do not want to see this person ever again. We must forgive, and we must forget the wrong that was done to us and allow this person back into our life and treat them as if nothing has ever happened. Continue reading “Finding it Difficult to Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt or Offended You?”