“Forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.” Col 3:13 NIV
The misery of living with unforgiveness in your heart always lasts longer than the pain of the offense. Always! When you hold on to resentment, you open the door to depression and physical illness. Forgiving brings healing to your wounds and restores your joy.
Here are two steps to help you forgive:
(1) Remember that you have been unconditionally forgiven. Recall God’s grace toward you, and the price paid for your forgiveness. By refusing to show mercy, you’re like the man Jesus said was forgiven an enormous debt, yet was unwilling to forgive another man’s paltry indebtedness to him (See Mt 18:23-34). The grace God has extended to you leaves you no grounds whatsoever to refuse the same grace to the one who hurt you.
(2) Release the offender from the debt they owe you. You may be totally justified in saying, “They owe me for what they did!” Your friends may agree. The law may agree, and you may be thinking that the only way your offender will “learn to do what’s right” is if they’re made to pay for the wrong they did. But as long as you’re holding on to your “rights,” you’re chained to the past. It has you in its grip, and your future is being held hostage to the past’s control over you. Your offender’s sin against you was paid for by the same sacrificial love that canceled your sin debt, so they have the same need and right to forgiveness that you have. And there is more; forgiveness is not just for their benefit, but for yours:
“Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Lk 6:37 NIV).
So Samuel brought near all the tribes of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin was taken. Then he brought near the tribe of Benjamin by its families. And the family of Matri was chosen. Then Saul the son of Kish was taken. But when they sought him, he could not be found. Therefore they inquired again of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?” And the Lord answered, “He has hidden himself among the equipment.” So they ran and took him from there. When he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders and upward. Then Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen? Truly there is none like him among all the people.” And all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king.” 1 Samuel 10:20-24 MEV
When Samuel went to present Israel’s first king to the people, Saul was discovered “hiding among the baggage.” The Hebrew word for baggage symbolizes the self-imposed limitations that hinder you from tackling the job God appointed you to do.
Things like these: (1) Feelings of inadequacy. Saul’s first reaction when he learned he had been chosen as king was, “Am I not…from the smallest tribe of Israel…the least of all?” (1Sa 9:21 NIV).
When you fail to figure God into the equation, you will always feel “less than.” Instead of focusing on your weaknesses and inabilities, concentrate on “the incredible greatness of God’s power” (Eph 1:19 NLT). Choose today to see beyond your inabilities, and see the influence God has on your life. We always tend to get what we focus on, so it’s foolish to concentrate on our weaknesses.
(2) Fear of what others might think. The writer of Proverbs tells us “fearing people is a dangerous trap” (Pr 29:25 NLT). And Saul fell into it headfirst! When Samuel confronted him for failing to obliterate the Amalekites, he replied, “I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded” (1Sa 15:24 NLT).
God’s Word assures us, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. So…we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper…I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Heb 13:5-6). Once you take hold of that truth and act on it, you will find there is nothing to be afraid of. We live according to the word , the word dwells inside of us .The word is guaranteed in our existence since we are a breathing reflection of the word of God to the nations.
(3) Being overly pragmatic. The Bible says, “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” (Jas 1:8). And Saul fit the bill to a tee! When he didn’t hear from God, he took matters into his own hands and consulted a spiritualist. And after vowing not to victimize David, he repeatedly hunted him down. Adaptability is commendable, but God requires consistency and commitment.
The minute you begin looking at yourself in the manner God recognizes you, your stamina changes for the better. Stop hiding behind baggage and self-condemnation, in his eyes Jesus Christ has washed you clean. This is the season to formulate aggressive moves towards your destiny.
We have been hiding for far too long, enough is enough. In this era, we will take over, no sickness will stop us. Listen we have given excuses far too long, I pray that we embark on this journey together and conquer. Stop hiding behind your spouse or vocation, on this mission we need you. We must reach the ends of the earth with the gospel.
To everyone supporting this mission, we truly appreciate your help. In this season they will be massive testimonies. In this season God is in the business of expanding territories. Your season for promotion is here, come out and quit hiding behind excuses. The anointing that breaks yokes is working right now in your life. Your testimony is now.
Our God reveals hidden mysteries to those who love him. The light of God encompasses us all day long, whom shall we fear? We are no longer condemned but justified through the blood of Jesus Christ. Everywhere you were rejected before they will start looking for you. The Voice of God will communicate on your behalf.
Start celebrating for God has remembered you today !
The healing process starts and ends with love but how you might ask, read along as we examine the healing process. Greater love was revealed on the cross when the Son of Man sacrificed himself for heathens like me and you. Whilst we were regarded as outcasts in the society, a people undeserving of any recognition he chose to love us anyhow.
We were once regarded as unclean (filthy in the eyes of the chosen tribe), so much that Jews were supposed to cleanse themselves for three days after having any contact with us. The same was the procedure when they touched a pig. What a beautiful presentation of love displayed with Jesus Christ by loving the unlovable people unworthy of recognition.
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.
John 3:16 NIV
He disregarded the moral standards of those days and thus made a new covenant that gave heathens like us access to the throne of Grace. Absurdity, it seemed to the Pharisees that the ceremonially unclean people were now invited into the kingdom of God under the new covenant.
We were dead in our sins , following after dead rituals and useless gods created by our human hands and imaginations but he inducted us into a new realm of possibilities ,it was the transition from serving dead masters to worshipping a living God . Hallelujah.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 NIV
From this example, we notice what true love means, for it is the assurance of affection to an undeserving candidate. Love doesn’t give conditions, it is the condition. Thus his love meant promoting unworthycandidates from being outcasts to dining with Him.
The same love has been translated as mercy or grace because no one understood it. The special love wherein the benefactors do not have to do anything to be awarded association with Jesus Christ, but simply honor the new covenant and leave their past life of sin. The good news is that we are really important in the Kingdom of God, we have superior value in his sight.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV
Our value is witnessed in that I AM THAT I AM sees his son Jesus Christ in us. Whenever we approach his throne instead of our sins speaking against our lives, the blood of Jesus speaks in our favor. True love forgives completely and doesn’t keep track of wrongdoings of the past. From the blood covenant, we were awarded a clean new start with God, long before we were born!! Amen
Under the same covenant Jesus Christ instructed us to love our neighbours!!.The same love he displayed to us he expects us to share with the whole world. True love is different from manipulation .Manipulation is rooted from selfishness ,it demands that you do certain things to be accepted, tolerated, or rewarded it normally functions with condemnation. It’s simple make someone feel useless, worthless, guilty, and want of certain attributes so they can do something for you as atonement.
To understand the love we need to look at what was displayed on the cross. The world is suffering today because we don’t understand the real essence of Love. We are in an era where divorces are rife, people marry for absolutely selfish reasons altogether it’s a shame. If you marry to gain something or marry for your ego sooner or later you are going to be frustrated with that marriage.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 NIV
Love is a characteristic of a pure Christian it is undiluted by worldly philosophies. It is the same love that makes it relatively easy to intercede and pray for people who intentionally hurt us. People are hurting solely because they haven’t encountered pure love that comes from God. Human nature confesses love for selfish reasons, but the Christian mind loves for completely different reasons, by loving our enemies we are being obedient to this new covenant.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Luke 6:35 NIV .
Listen they will always be enemies or people opposing you, Jesus Christ faced intense opposition from people who represented the law, his biggest opposition came from his people. The very people who confessed to God with their mouths and were representatives of both God and the Mosaic covenant could not understand him for their ego had diluted the real essence of God’s love.
He truelly understood their problem ,he tried to enlighten them on the real meaning of the Mosaic covenant and the prophecies they confessed to know but obviously, their hearts were hardened. They perceived Jesus Christ as an enemy but he loved them anyway. We notice that he even interceded for them on the cross.
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. Luke 23:34 KJV
Love is the main thing , the world needs love and it is our duty to share it with everyone . Love is the antidote the world really need right now besides if you think of it tribalism, xenophobia, wars, drug abuse, sexual immorality, greediness, envy, jealousy, and hatred problems are simply evidence of a world full of self-hate.
Men has lost his identity and love for himself it’s a pity .In this day and age where man is experimenting a lot with their sexuality, we can only be certain that the end is near. We are witnessing self-hatred at it’s elevated level, suicides , manslaughter is rampant in our society
Are you sharing the love of God with your neighbours? Are you taking time to share the love of God with your workmates .? Are you taking time to share this love with your family? Child of God when last did you share the love of God with your children?
The moment we leave our posts, the enemy takes over and spreads self-hatred and condemnation, we need to be vigilant. This is not the season to fold our hands and simply be spectators, we need to be involved in spreading the love of God to the world.
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 2 John 1:6 NIV
Here is the thing we need to renew our mindset, for the worldly definition of love, happiness, and freedom is a sure way to a dead end. Our enemy satan is on the rampage distorting the truth. The real meaning of love has been distorted everywhere be it on television or social media. We see confusion and no one understands love anymore… for true love can only be found in Jesus Christ.
Have you given your life to Jesus Christ yet ? Do you understand this love of Jesus Christ? If you need help feel free to contact us here.We will be glad to guide you in the path of salvation for Jesus Christ is the only way , the truth and the life .Without him we are empty and void of understanding!!
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3 NIV
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7 NIV
Love is not charity, even though charity can be a display of affection and pity to someone. Some have confused true love for charity, we need to have the love of God in our lives so that it can flow from us effortlessly. The worldly people give gifts as well to gain momentum and favor but we give out of love with no expectation for promotion or advantage over others.
If only we could understand this love of God, we won’t need validation from anyone. The love of God is enough motivation to succeed in life. God blesses the pure at heart and in whatever work they engage in, He ensures they prosper!! Amen
You are a valuable asset in God’s kingdom, he loves you so much that his kingdom dwells inside of you. The moment we decided to follow Jesus Christ he inhabited our bodies thus we became a new creation very capable of loving humanity the same way he loved humanity.
Whilst he was a Jew he became a sacrifice for Jews and non-Jews alike thus in our system there is no room for tribalism at all. Tribalism is simply a notion sponsored by greedy and power-hungry leaders to create divisions amongst people and in the process create a superiority complex in one group of individuals thereby making human weapons to push their agendas.. . It is these ideas that are still being capitalized by politicians to gain momentum.
This is the season for love to take over, we have been enslaved by hatred and false philosophies for a long time and this yoke of hatred has to be taken off our shoulders. It’s absurd to despise someone just because they were born in a different country, or simply because they speak a different language every one of us has a right to live on earth!!. This was an old tactic that was practiced by warlords of the olden days of creating hatred for other nations in their subordinates to generate toy soldiers for the poor people. Mainly poor people fought these battles and the rich gained from these battles so it’s just vanity of vanities.
8. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. 9. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 10. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 12. I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. 1 John 2:8-12 KJV
The old man and his mental programming need to be eradicated so the new covenant man can come to life. Old wine and new wine really can’t mix. There is only one practical way to redemption which is being born again. Being born again means coming to Christ as babies learning things afresh in his love, some have led people astray by trying to train people in the love of God whilst they still had the old mentality of hatred engraved in their brains and this is an error which must be corrected. Forget the former self so you can fully embrace the new you.
There is no shortcut in this warfare ,Jesus Christ is the only way so we need to be born again and start afresh just as the little babies .Lets grow in his love to fully understand ourselves and the world around us. .The same Jesus Christ who became an atonement for Americans is still the same Jesus Christ who is an atonement for Africans ,so if it is same Jesus Christ ,then he can’t consider others as superior and others nations as inferior that will only make the gospel a sham and a weapon for slave masters.
If all the nations are represented in Jesus Christ thus they mustn’t be any reason for squabbles or differences amongst nations unless the enemy has already penetrated the body of Christ. One body can’t fight against itself unless there is an exterior force involved. We need to be vigilant true ambassadors of Jesus Christ.
Now that we know the truth, there is no excuse for those still exercising the old man culture. By their fruits, you shall know them. For we know that God purely represents love, so anyone representing God should be full of love. So it is possible to have a transition from hatred to love. Yes since we all agree that we were mentally conditioned to hate, let’s agree today that we can love the exact people we were educated to hate.
The Bible clearly states that we must hate sin and not the sinner. It’s a matter of despising the way people handle their day-to-day lives and not hating them. This should be an opportunity to reach people who are still attached to the negative faith so we can train them in the truth we have come to understand.
If Jesus Christ considered complexion and culture honestly he wasn’t going to be crucified on the cross. A gospel meant to encourage hatred can only be practical to one group and be a complete nuisance to another group. So since the gospel of love is practical to every nation, it can only be practical for us to become one unit in the warfare against lucifer.
We are the light of this world, the light doesn’t waste its energy hating or despising the dark but it influences and repels darkness. The love of God must radiate from us. We are to reach the lost thus loving the unlovable is the only practical thing to do. Every person we meet in this life wants and deserves this love.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalms 27:14 NIV
When we become impatient and react without thinking, we can do damage to ourselves and others. Sometimes when we pray and God doesn’t respond quickly enough, we decide to take matters into our own hands and things get worse as a result. When God tells you to wait, He is saying, “Trust me with the timing, the ways and means, and you will get a better result.”
David wrote: “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (vv. 13-14 NKJV).
Stop and look back. How did the hasty and prayerless decisions you made in the past turn out?
It can be tough to wait on the Lord. It’s much easier in the heat of the moment to lose your calm. Stop and look back. How did the hasty and prayerless decisions you made in the past turn out? Do you think this situation will be different? Not a chance! What do you want? Temporary relief or a permanent solution? Haste makes waste!
When you act in haste, you do things you can end up regretting and having to apologize for. Or worse, justifying! Impulsiveness got King Saul into serious trouble. Instead of waiting for the prophet Samuel to arrive and the priests to offer a peace offering to God ensuring their victory over the Philistines, Saul grew impatient, usurped the role of a priest, and offered the sacrifice himself. When Samuel asked him why, he replied, “I felt compelled” (1Sa 13:12 NKJV). And the result? “Samuel said to Saul, ‘You have done foolishly…now your kingdom shall not continue’” (vv. 13-14 NKJV). So, wait on God.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him will not perish but have eternal life. Amen!
The objective of Jesus Christ on earth subsisted in bringing humanity to a fresh experience with God, the old way had failed thus he came to begin a new thing altogether. For a new system to come to force the old one had to be eradicated.
He came to fulfill what the Mosaic law failed to achieve since righteousness by works had proven to be difficult a new system of Grace had to be introduced. In place of being justified by works, a new system had to be introduced to mankind. God has loved mankind from the beginning of times we see that in his relationship with the Israelites how he loved and protected them.
He loved Israelites so much that whenever they followed after pagan gods, it infuriated him. How was this generation after all God had done for them, still they went after idols? A lasting antidote was needed to conserve people. Everyday people trespassed and sin ignited God to anger.
We were lost in sin, worshipping cows, monkeys, and trees so our land was cursed with infirmities. We were lost to the extent of idolizing kings, cultures, and worldly systems. Every society existed in an isolated world, different gods meant different rituals and customs. Confusion abounded and people became more wicked for whoever worshipped a different deity was a sworn enemy to a different tribe.
A new system had to come into force whereby the whole universe would worship one God. Worshipping one God meant unity, thus we became one body through the Christ. The cross reflected the unification of mankind to their creator. Our sworn enemy lucifer the father of lies and hatred was defeated on the cross, the cross became a new symbol of hope to mankind.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (the Messiah), Because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent Me to announce release (pardon, forgiveness) to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed (downtrodden, bruised, crushed by tragedy), to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the favor of God abound greatly].” Then He rolled up the scroll [having stopped in the middle of the verse], gave it back to the attendant and sat down [to teach]; and the eyes of all those in the synagogue were [attentively] fixed on Him. He began speaking to them: “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing and in your presence.” Luke 4:18-21 AMP
Jesus Christ was sent to set us free from slavery. Yes, it is possible to quit alcohol and smoking, all it takes is a new birth in Christ. Nothing is impossible the gospel of Christ can change the poor and make them rich. The reason for failure is ignorance, our sworn enemy has kept people in poverty and darkness for a long time. This is the season to advance and claim what we deserve.
Why would you live your life chasing after vanity, the world has nothing to offer. Worldly fashions and beliefs are completely a trap to keep us in cognitive slavery. Adultery destroys the very essence and integrity of any marriage, shun worldly advice of experimenting with sex. God designed you to make progress thus anything wasting your time and life is a weapon of the devil.
These are the times humanity more than ever needs to give their lives to Jesus Christ. We are only stronger in Christ. The world and its ideologies have offered us nothing but merely arguments and confusion. We can’t afford to live in this darkness anymore, only Jesus Christ can offer us the light. God has never changed and his words never changed, scientists are now turning to the Bible for solutions.
It only provokes sense for us as individuals to lament our old ways and be immersed in the kingdom of God. You still have an opportunity today to submit your spirit to Christ it’s not excessively late. You have searched after the happiness the world proposed but it only got you sick, frustrated, and disappointed, why not try Jesus Christ today.