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" Lord didn’t you see how he treated me? I am sure that you are not blind, don’t ask me to forgive him”, ”I can’t and I won’t never forget what she said about me, the hurt and the scars are too much”, ” I hate her for not seeing my efforts and for being ungrateful and unconscious”, “Lord, I love You but I can’t stand them, they are not worthy of my forgiveness ”. Those are the answers we throw at God’s face as excuses to not forgive others. We are all guilty. I am on top of the list. Most of the time we feel that we have all the rights to have that reaction.

 

Let’s do an exercise today. Consider the same sentences written up here and imagine Jesus saying them about you in a particular context  : "Father don’t you see how they are going to treat me? I am sure that you are not blind, don’t ask me to forgive and to die for them”,"I can’t and I won’t forget what they said about me, the hurt and the scars are too much”,"I hate them for not accepting my sacrifice and for being ungrateful and unconscious”,“Father I love them but I can’t stand them nor their sins, they are not worthy of my death". Well, if that scenario happened as it was mentioned up here, you and I will not probably be saved today. God forgave us through the sacrifice of Jesus. He decided to let His love for us guide Him instead of our sins. He died for us anyway, He died for us in spite of. Psalm 32 verse 1 to 2 said : «Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

 

God put our sins out of sight. He made us joyful. He set us free. PLEASE GO AND DO THE SAME. Free somebody. Call, text or even plan a visit with that person. Give joy for the sake of the forgiveness you have received. Humbly ask the Holy Spirit to help you. He will be glad to. Forgive as you have been forgiven. By doing this you will look like your Father in heaven.


Don’t forget to also say sorry if you have to and to forgive yourself .

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Matthew 11 : 28-30 : Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”



God knew from the very beginning that rest was one of the major gifts that we must receive. No parent wants to see His children weary, pressured, tormented or sad. God wants us to be at peace, He wants us to be at rest.


His whole suffering was about us being freed from the burden of this world. His yoke is easy and His burden is light as we read from Matthew 11 : 28-30. God so loved the world, He so loved us that He gave us His only Son Jesus in order for us to be saved. This was the only way, the ultimate sacrifice. Jesus gave us the greatest gift ever as He was leaving the earth, His Holy Spirit. We receive the Holy Spirit by giving our life to Jesus by faith but for our relationship to grow with Him we must put into practice that key word day-in, day-out : Obedience. The Holy Spirit will show us deeply The way, The truth and The life. By obeying, we will find rest for our souls. There is no constant peace without obedience. At First recognize that you are weary and that your burden is heavy. There’s no need to hide something from the one who sees and knows everything. Be confident enough in God’s love for you to receive the Holy Spirit’s instructions and put them into practice.



Don’t be afraid because such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear ( 1 John 4 : 18). Obey the Word you read in the Bible and obey the Word that comes from the Holy Spirit. Jesus is called the Prince of peace. May the Prince of peace rule over your life as you obey His Holy Spirit fearlessly blindfolded.


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I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”John 17:22-23 NLT

We were never meant to travel this christian walk alone. We didn’t get in by ourselves and we are not going to stay in it by ourselves. Jesus is there and He is our ultimate helper. It is important to know that the hardships we are facing are opportunities for God to manifest His glory, His faithfulness, His goodness and most importantly His love through our lives .


We may have a glimpse of what this glory may be or not but I can assure you one thing : it is more than what you can see. It’s more than the healing you are waiting for. It is more than the mariage, the child, the house or the car you are praying for. It is more than getting that dream job. It is even more than the anointing you are fasting for. This Christian journey is about reaching a level of complete intimacy with the Father through the Holy Spirit as Jesus did on earth. Ephesians 3 verse 17 - 18 (NLT version) says: “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Our walk with God is about trusting Him, understand and grow in His unconditional love. This is what makes us complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from Him.


May we come to the point where intimacy with God is all what we are craving for the rest of our lives. May His Holy Spirit help us to know the Father’s heart everyday. May He help us finish the race with the power that comes from Him. May we receive the knowledge and the courage to show others how to be intimate with our Father with love and authenticity.


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