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How Christians Forgive

How Christians Forgive

How do you feel when you know that someone has done something wrong to you or someone you care about, and they ask you for forgiveness? Most people without even thinking, will feel that if they forgive that person, they are condoning their behavior or what they’ve done. However, this is so far from the truth. Jesus said in

Matthew 18:21-22:

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

Why do you think Jesus would actually want us to forgive someone who sins against us? Is it because He thinks we should condone sin? No. It is because when we ask Jesus to forgive us of our own sins, He does. And if we do not forgive those who have sinned against us, God may not forgive us for our sins.

In Mark 11:25, Jesus tells us:

25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

You see, if you want God to forgive you for your own sins, then you MUST forgive others. Now you may be asking, how can this be done? If someone has hurt you, forgiving them is usually the last thing you intend to do, right? Let me tell you a little bit about forgiveness. I honestly think that forgiveness is one of the hardest things we are expected to do in our Christian walk. If you know that you have to forgive someone and it isn’t in your heart to do that, how can you? Did you know that when you do not forgive, that person actually has power over you? That’s right, they actually have power over you. I say this because when you are angry, feeling rejected, or you are mentally or physically wounded by someone and you hold on to that, it is constantly playing out in your mind over and over again, just like a broken record. When you don’t forgive, you are actually hurting yourself.

Here is an example about forgiveness: Let’s say that you just caught one of your friends cheating with your spouse. At this point you are feeling angry, rejected, betrayed and bitter toward your spouse and your friend. Your spouse begs you for your forgiveness, but it just isn’t in your heart to forgive them. Your friend doesn’t bother asking you for forgiveness, so in your mind you feel that you will never forgive them. A few days go by and your spouse keeps begging for forgiveness, but still you cannot forgive them. You go to sleep angry each night and wake up angry each morning. But still, you do not condone what they did, so you will not forgive. Two weeks have now gone by and you still haven’t forgiven your spouse or your friend. You are now starting to suffer with migraines and you are drained because you haven’t been sleeping well. You become irritable and your job is starting to suffer as well. Now you are at a point where something has to give – or you are going to have worse problems.

Finally. You approach your spouse and say that you need to discuss what happened and where to go from here. You make the decision that if you want to continue in your marriage, you are going to have to forgive. At this point you forgive your spouse and you find a way to work things out. Just because you forgave, does not mean that you condone. You feel better because when you forgive someone, you are no longer resisting something that inevitably needs to happen in order to maintain your relationship

However… you still have not forgiven your friend and you never plan to. Your friend has been avoiding you and has had such a bad attitude. It is as if they have no remorse for what they’ve done to you and your family. The migraines continue, the anger still hovers in the background and you are still not sleeping well. What should you do at this point? The first thing that I suggest that you do is to forgive your friend. I know, it is not an easy thing to do. But there is a way of doing this, without even saying a word to your friend. What you now need to do is forgive that person in your heart. Obviously they are not coming to you asking for you to forgive them, and they seem to have no remorse, so I would not go to them and forgive them either. BUT I would forgive them in my heart so that they no longer have the power over me, causing me to hold on to that anger and resentment. Once you have forgiven somebody for wronging you, you will be set free. You will have no reason to hold on to any of that bitterness or negative feelings any longer. Sure the anger and resentment will creep back up from time to time, but you will just need to forgive them again and again, for as long as it takes. Even though your friend (or ex-friend at this point) has not asked for your forgiveness, if you take it upon yourself to forgive them in your heart, they never need to know. You are doing this for your own peace of mind and to heal your own heart, not to make them feel better.

So remember, when someone sins against you, once you have come to your senses, you need to realize that at some point you will have to forgive them and let it go; because if you don’t, it will eat at you until you do. Believe me, after many hard lessons and many sleepless nights, I finally began to use this technique in my own life, and it really has made a positive difference in the way I interact with other people.

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A Christian View of Memorial Day

A Christian View of Memorial Day

Posted on May 26, 2017 by CHamilton

A Christian View of Memorial Day

Posted on May 25, 2008 by CHamilton

Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the lives of our soldiers, both past and present; and remember them for their courage, their dedication, and their ability to fight for the freedom of the United States of America. To me, freedom means everything; freedom to be a democratic nation, freedom to make our own individual choices, the freedom to worship God and the freedom to live without dictatorship.

I believe that this country was founded on Christianity and freedom, and for centuries, our soldiers have been fighting for both, keeping ours a free nation. Unfortunately, in the past century, it seems that Christianity has been taken out of the equation, and our soldiers are now fighting for freedom only. Even since the beginning of time, wars have been prevalent on this earth, both Godly wars and that of the Gentiles. There will always be war on this earth, at least up until the final war, which will be the war of Armageddon. After that, there will be peace on this earth under Jesus’ reign, and war will be no more.

Let us all take the time on this Memorial Day of 2017, to remember those soldiers who have fallen in order to stand up for Christianity, freedom and peace. Our soldiers are the true heroes in our nation who deserve our recognition for their bravery, and for their dedication to make this nation a FREE NATION.

Also, there is another soldier who I would like to recognize on this Memorial Day. His name is Jesus Christ. Although we set aside a special day each year, a day that we call Easter, and remember our Savior and how he died so that we might be free, I would also like to take some time to remember this special soldier who also died for our freedom and for our sins. Jesus Christ died so that we might live.

It says in John 3:16-17:

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him”

Romans 8:1-4 (NLT) says:

1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 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. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Jesus was the ultimate soldier and he paid the highest price that any soldier could pay. He died for the sins of all mankind. So even though Memorial Day is set aside for the soldiers who have fallen to preserve our freedom as a nation, I feel it is only right to honor Jesus Christ as well, who has died so that we could be free and have eternal life. For all of our soldiers who have fallen and for those who are alive today, I say to you: May God Bless You for preserving our freedom both as a nation and for all eternity.

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The Miracle of Easter

The Miracle of Easter
Originally Written April 6, 2009 by SPAdmin

Many people, even some Christians, do not fully understand the true meaning of Easter. Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross for the sins of all mankind on a Friday and on the third day, the day we call Easter Sunday or sometimes called Resurrection Sunday, He rose again.

Because Jesus became flesh and lived so that He would die for our sins, all that was prophesied in the Old Testament of the Bible came true, from the beginning of the Gospel when Jesus was born to a virgin, to His baptism, to His ministry, to His arrest, to His crucifixion and finally to His resurrection, not a even a single event that was prophesied was missing.

Scripture proclaiming the Birth, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Jesus:

The Birth of Jesus
Many, many years before the birth of Christ, approximately 700 years, the prophet Isaiah prophesied about the birth of Christ:

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The Crucifixion (Also known as Good Friday)
Isaiah 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
1. Psalm 22:11-18, written 1,000 years before Jesus was born, describes how Jesus would be Crucified:
2. 1 Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
3. 12 Many bulls surround me;
strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
4. 13 Roaring lions tearing their prey
open their mouths wide against me.
5. 14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted away within me.
6. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
7. 16 Dogs have surrounded me;
a band of evil men has encircled me,
they have pierced my hands and my feet.
8. 17 I can count all my bones;
people stare and gloat over me.
9. 18 They divide my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothing.

Although Jesus, the Son of God knew that He was put upon the earth to teach the Gospel and to bear the sins of all the world, He faced His crucifixion like a lamb being led to the slaughter. He uttered not one word in His defense.
Here is what it says in the book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 53:7 (New International Version)
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

Even near the end, just before He died, Jesus asked God to forgive those who crucified Him, saying “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34).

The Resurrection (Also known as Easter Sunday)
As we celebrate Easter, we need to remember that the true miracle is that Jesus Christ died for our sins; He was resurrected on the third day and today still lives on, interceding on our behalf to the Father.
Here is the account of the resurrection according to the Gospel of Mark:

Mark 16 (NIV)
The Resurrection
1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ “
8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.
12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.
14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Have a Blessed Easter and May You Enjoy the Fullness of God’s Love!

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