Forgiveness

Matthew 6:14-15

“For if you forgive men when thy sin against you, Your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye do not forgive men their sins, Your heavenly Father will not forgive your sins.”

I know this is a touchy subject because a lot of us think we don’t have to forgive because we were in the right. I’m sorry, it doesn’t work that way. Our Father states it pretty simply. If we don’t forgive those who have done us wrong, then He can not forgive us. Unforgiveness is a burden we put on ourselves. We wear them with pride. We even tell other people, so they can assure us were done wrong and we are so spiritual and did the right thing

NOT!!!

The scriptures says, if we don’t forgive, we are wrong and cannot be forgiven. I much rather forgive someone else than to lose fellowship with the Father. He also tells us to love the unloving. It is not love if we cannot forgive. The next time someone does you wrong, put yourself in their shoes and forgive them no matter what. Il forgive sometimes is as hard to do as saying,

“I’m Sorry”

EXCUSES

The next time you feel like God can’t use you, just remember.

Noah was a drunk.

Abraham was too old.

Isaac was a daydreamer.

Jacob was a liar.

Leah was ugly.

Joseph was abused.

Moses had a stuttering problem.

Gideon was afraid.

Samson had long hair, and was a womanizer.

Rahab was a prostitute.

Jeremiah and Timothy were too young

David has an affair and was a murderer

Elijah was suicidal

Isaiah preached naked.

Jonah ran from God.

Naomi was a widow.

Job went bankrupt

John the baptist eats bugs

Peter denied Christ.

The Disciples fell asleep while praying

Martha worried about everything

Mary Magdalene was,well, know

The Samaritan Woman was divorced … more than once!

Zaccheus was too small.

Paul was too religious

Timothy had an ulcer…

and

Lazarus was Dead!

No more excuses now, God’s waiting to use your full potential!

CUTTING TEETH

Have you ever seen a baby cutting teeth? If not sometimes you may have seen the effects of them cutting teeth. You know, like parents that haven’t had any sleep, because they have been up all night just trying to ease the pain of cutting those teeth. The parents that for the day that the teeth are finally through so their child won’t hurt and they can get some sleep.

All this is necessary so that the child can start eating food and get off just the milk. So, the child can grow and start eating meat. If the child never cut teeth and never eat meat it would not grow strong.

Hebrews 5:12-14 the word tells us, ” by now you should be teachers, but you need someone to teach you again the first lessons if God’s message. You still need the teaching that is like milk. You are not ready for solid food. Anyone who lives on milk is still a baby and knows nothing about right teaching. But solid food is for those who are grown up. They have practiced in order to know the difference between good and evil” (New Century Translation)

You see Friend, it may hurt sometime to cut Spiritual teeth, but the process is necessary in order to grow up in the Lord and eat Spiritual meat and grow to maturity.

Being the same

Hebrew 13:8 Jesus Christ, the Messiah, [is always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever —– to all ages.

Have you ever met someone at church, that was just “the ideal Christian.” Then you saw him/her in the complaint li at a return kine in a department store, and the way they were acting, you didn’t even want anyone to know that you knew them?

I think one of the greatest compliments my mother ever gave me before she wt to be with the Lord, is stat she said, I was the same no matter where I was at.

You know, there is freedom in being yourself. You don’t have to put a front or fake face on for anyone.

People will see your faults as well as your good points. You won’t have to worry about how you have to act around certain people or in certain places.

There is a balance to living the Christian life. If you make a mistake, so What? Just ask God to forgive you, get up, dust yourself off, and continue on your walk.

As long as you are doing the best you can, that is all God expects. Be the creation that God Almighty made. Be Yourself!!

Paul said, “we are to be imitators of Christ.” He is that same Yesterday, Today and Forever.