We are commanded by God to forgive one another for our trespasses, in other words, our actions that may offend another person.This also includes forgiving ourselves. There is a reason why we are to forgive and that is that it leads us down the road to happiness and peace of mind. It makes us feel so much better when we are able to get something off our chest, so to speak.
There are many commandments that God wants us to adhere to because He wants us to live a happy life that will not bog us down when there are real serious issues that come into play. What I am speaking about is life storms and we all have life storms throughout our lives. There are people that can be a life storm to us, especially the ones we are at odds with for one reason or another.
One of the things about life that can bug us about people and how irresponsible people can by doing wrong to someone, and then not apologize to the person that was offended by what was said or done others, in the name of friendship especially. The EGO of self-importance either gets in the way or these people have no regard for decency.
We just celebrated Easter in which we pay tribute to Christ when He was left to die alone or us on the cross. It does not make sense for someone who considers themselves to be believers in Christ to celebrate His death by ignoring to pay tribute to mankind by asking for forgiveness for our offenses as well as those who have offended us. Of course, Easter and Christmas only come once a year and it is pretty lame not to exercise forgiveness every day and not letting things fester within us, life is too precious to waste it on frivolous stuff that in the end does not matter much. Christ did not die in vain and so we need to always be grateful for Him by forgiving and asking for forgiveness.
May we be mindful of our actions, our planet Earth is groaning with sin and turmoil brought on by our callousness to matters of the heart. We hurt people and at times hurt people hurt people. PLEASE go make things right with someone who is on your forgiveness list and if you do not have a forgiveness list, then please make one up as soon as you can, happiness awaits you! There is too much good in life and no need to sweat over something that makes your Spirit lonely and bitter. People will be people and unfortunately, we have to develop a soft heart and tough skin, not a bad thing to ask God to give you. I think that everyone should have a forgiveness list it is that important to our happiness and peace of mind. It sets us free from the emotional bondage from people which is all part of living life on life’s terms. It is part of life and so we have to get over ourselves and move forward. It’s not like we have not been hurt before. We will continue to make it through some tough times, we have made it here so far and we are still alive, we will make it through more of the life stuff. It is all part of learning and becoming stronger and stronger. We cannot know how others will react to our request for forgiveness, anyway, it is not really about them it is about us wanting to be FREE from ourselves and the bitter fruit that we ingested by not forgiving or not asking to be forgiven. It is about us and the relationship we have with ourselves.
Please, please, please be kind to others and be tactful when you tell someone you have been harboring feelings to them. Tell them that you want to make things right with them.If the person that you have been at odds with is deceased you can write their name on a paper and ask Christ to remove the ill feelings of bitterness. He will help you find the peace of mind as well as the joy one gets after the negativity is gone. Who knows if you find a new found love and respect in your relationship with them.
In AA and all of the 12 Steps Programs making immense is important to an addict or an alcoholic to be rid of the resentment that fuels the addiction. If the down-trodden addict or alcoholic can see the value in this so we should be able to see its importance too. All of us need to learn to get along with each other. The signs of the times we are living in will require us to be unified. Just think what it would be like if people around the world were to forgive just one person, the whole energy of the world would be felt and man’s hearts will be satisfied!
There is nothing empowering in taking people captive by un-forgiveness. It is a false sense of empowerment and it too creates the EGO which separates us from the people we love. Life is too short to keep this in our hearts and may we respond with love to bring about change and act quickly when offering forgiveness right when it happens.
Have a Nice Day!!!
Terrance W. Norton, Founder/Editor
There is no doubt that we are living in the last days and the Second Coming of Christ is near and that we need to get our house in order. The Book of Revelations in the Bible is unfolding itself right in front of our eyes. Things have accelerated the last decade and now we are here in a time of important history providing we take the blinders off and see how things really are unfolding. Does it scare you to think that the Second Coming of Christ is so near and that our houses are not in order because we are living in sin without direction? It does me and many many people know that it is near and they are doing something about securing their place in heaven, like a reservation so to speak.
The last few years have had more change in the way we live and the way we think. We have been too tolerant of social sins like bi-sexuality, selfishness, complacency, lack of integrity, murder, conspirators, and treasonists, and we can go on and on about how our nation, as well as the world, has declined. This should not be much of a surprise to us because we as a nation that is falling from grace! We do not stand for moral values much anymore. Our greed and people suffer at the hands of people like Kenneth Lay, Bernie Madoff, and of course some of our elected officials and the greed and power seeking that has taken us off track.
Are we going to continue to ignore the ” Signs of the Times ? “. How are we going to handle the true grit of hardships that can make you grind your teeth at night? I know I will be able to make it through it because there has to be a happy ending to my life story of faith and endurance providing that I continually ask for forgiveness of my sins and then recommit everyday if I have to, we should all take on that kind of attitude of survival in these last days of temptations.
When we look at things in the Eternal perspective we can imagine the huge payoff for living a life of obedience on earth, and that we are able to receive our gift for doing so. Personally life without pain and suffering is very appealing to me, how about you?How about this one… We will never have to want for anything because it is our Eternal gift that comes from Christ for us using the Atonement to secure our place in His Kingdom forever.
I, like many people do not want to have to deal with pain anymore, especially in Eternity. I have severe back pain as well as other health issues and so to live in Eternity and be pain and suffering free has to be one of the greatest gifts a person that suffers chronic pain would love the most.
Why would there be hardships for some people and not others when there are things like tyranny, hunger, orphanism, overcoming sexual abuse if there was a true God of Justice and Mercy. What about people that have been born in poverty, did they have a choice in being born in poverty? They too will be rewarded Eternally!
But, it does not mean that people would go out and do crimes as an excuse because they were born in poverty and had gone to bed hungry more times than not. The point is that no matter how much money we had, where we lived, or what our conditions were like here on earth, we will all die and we will all be interviewed by God.
Take a choice between NEVER ending happiness or we can wonder about on how much mercy will be given us for the way we lived our lives. When we take the blinders off to see the truth about the way we are, we will be appalled and there would be cause to change. It is only when we take off the blinders of denial that we can see the truth that lies before us.
All of us sin to a degree but it is what we do with that sin that matters. Personally I would much rather take the promise of a better life that would include Eternal happiness than live by the consequences of reckless living. We cannot continue to go around like a horse with blinders for the sake of Eternal happiness.
The lyrics to the song Amazing Grace pretty much says it all, ” I was blind but now I see “. Another way of saying it is what Doctor Phil is known for saying, ” We cannot change what we do not acknowledge “.
It is if the sin blinds us from the truth and distorts our pathway, and it makes it harder to find the path unless we use the Atonement as a way to ask for forgiveness of our sin so that we may enter Eternal Rest.
Have a Great Week!
Terrance W. Norton