Archive for the ‘Forgiven’ Category

John 15:16-19
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you. These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own; but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

There is at this time approximately 6,927,550,209 people in the entire world.  That’s a LOT of people, and when you think about the fact that God chose YOU to be one of His, is pretty overwhelming. It’s kind of funny when you hear people talk about their salvation and relationship with God like it’s something they themselves chose for their lives. Like they just woke up one day and said “God, I’m going to do the honor and live my life for You. You’re welcome”. But isn’t that the self centered attitude we get? When in reality, we didn’t choose anything. God chose.

God saw us, and picked us to be His children. That’s just a mind blowing fact. 6,927,550,209 people and God chose you. It’s like walking around a huge field of grass, and picking just ONE single blade to keep as yours. That’s what God does.

God saw you and decided He needed you to be His. Man, if that doesn’t get you, I don’t know what will. I was thinking about it today, and the thought that I was chosen by Him, put a smile on my face. We look at ourselves in the mirror and think “what could God possibly do with this broken person? I’m a mess, why would He choose this?” I’ve heard this phrase before that says “there’s beauty in brokenness”. That couldn’t be more true. Your brokenness and pain and failures is what makes you real and relate-able to the people around you. If we had it all together, those who didn’t know God would feel intimidated to go to church. That transparency and ability to say “yeah, I’m still struggling, but I know it will be alright because of Gods love and grace is over me” is what God uses to t0uch the other broken people of this world.

God chose you and all your flaws and brokenness, and it all has a purpose. So next time you’re wondering why God would ever even look in your direction, remember that you have been chosen.

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I spent this past Thursday night with my mom watching LMN (tha’ts: Lifetime Movie Network for those of you who are not familiar). The movie we watched was called Amish Grace. In summary, it’s based off of the true story of a man who went into a one room school house in Pennsylvania, shooting and killing the children in that school; then taking his own life.

No doubt as I sat there watching this, I cried like a little baby. It was intense. One of the main characters, Ida, is someone who we all can relate to. Her eldest daughter, Mary Beth, lost her life in the shooting. Throughout the movie, you see her struggle to forgive the man who took her daughter from her. The rest of the Amish community surrounds the family of the shooter, with love and acceptance. In one scene, three men from the Amish community arrive at the wife’s house and give their condolences for her loss as well and tell her that they hold no anger against her and her family for what her husband, Charlie, had done. That scene blew my mind. Here are these people, who just lost a good piece of their community from this mans rampage, yet they forgave.

Yet Ida is not so forgiving. We watch her go through the stages of grief in this movie. Yet the movie makes such an incredible point. Where Ida remains in her grief is the anger stage. You watch her go from this loving mother and wife, to a bitter woman who cannot find it in her to forgive. Her husband constantly tells her that it is her duty as a woman of God to forgive the man who killed her child and the children of her friends.

This movie really hit home with me. I watched this woman face the struggles of being able to forgive this man, and I saw so much of myself in Ida. I do not know if I could forgive someone who took my child from me in such a way.

You know, in Christianity a huge part of our faith is the whole forgiveness thing. It’s something people try and run away from when it’s their turn to have to deal out the forgiveness. I’ve been there. People have hurt me in the past, to the extent of just me seeing them placed me in tears and anxiety overcame my body. Does that sound intense? yeah of course it does. But I let that hurt fester in me for too long without properly dealing with it. They were people I told myself I would never be able to forgive. That’s the truth. I’m not able to forgive those people. But when I remember God and what He wants of me, I am. It wasn’t on my own I that I forgave them either. God placed them in my heart, said it was time to let go of the hurt. I stood there for a good five minutes arguing with Him about it too. I told Him there was no way I could do it. But He’s persistent in those moments we need Him most. I remember clearly Him saying to me “you’re really going to argue this one with me Jess? You need to let it go. Trust Me on this”. So finally I surrendered, said the prayer that the Pastor was saying for us to repeat, and then I broke. I felt that chain of un-forgiveness coming off of me. It was overwhelming.

So what does this have to do with Amish Grace? everything. This whole entire community of Amish people were able to forgive this man’s family and the man himself for walking into that school house and shooting. Forgiveness is something we MUST do as Christians.

Let. It. Go

Church

Posted: July 28, 2010 in Forgiven, God, Life, overcoming, thoughts

As a Christian who works in an environment with basically all non Christians, I find it hard a lot of the time to talk about going to church and my faith in God. Something was just placed on my heart that I wanted to just throw out there.

I don’t know about any of you, but I am constantly having people telling me things like “If I ever stepped foot into a Church, the place would burn down” or, “I can’t believe they go to Church, they’ve done so many terrible things. They don’t belong in a Church.”

Well, I’d like to place my response on those statements right now. You are NEVER too far gone for God to love you. No matter what you’ve done, if you know in your heart that it was wrong and you repent of your sins and place everything you have in the control of God, you can be set free from all of that bondage. It says in the Bible over and over again that none of us is perfect. That’s why God sent His Son Jesus down on this Earth to die for us (John 3:16) Thanks to Jesus, any and all of our sins can and will be forgiven in we just repent.

Just a short little entry I wanted to share.

Offenses.

They happen quite often in our lives. It could be something stupid or something that’s really painful to hear. Be honest, you get offended a LOT in everyday life, correct? IF you said no, then you my blog reader are a liar. Harsh? Yes, but it’s the truth.

We have 2 choices to choose from when these inevitable offenses come our way. We can either go on living with that sour feeling inside us, or we could choose to forgive them. Which one sounds like the healthier solution?

I’ll be the first to say it, forgiveness is a REAL struggle for me. I know that I know I MUST do it, but that doesn’t make it easier of a task. Yes I am once again pulling the “Jesus Card” on you guys.

Heck if it were up to me, all the mean degrading things people ever said to me wouldn’t be forgiven, but that choice isn’t really an option now is it? Nope. Didn’t think so. Sorry to let those of you who thought it were down. MY BAD!

Mark 11:25
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.

I don’t know about you but the above scripture is one of those “oh holy crap” verses. You want to go to Heaven correct? What christian says “you know what, I’m not all too sure I want to enter the Kingdom of God when I pass on from this life, I’ll pass on that.” We all want to get to Heaven when our time is done. The above verse is such an eye opener for all of us. Can you imagine when you get Heaven and God tells you He won’t forgive you of a sin all because your pride and ego got in the way of your step in forgiving someone in your life who offended you? Intimidating stuff.

So yeah, I guess I’m sort of “preaching” on forgiveness tonight. Don’t really know why, just felt led to talk about it. Place your pride to the side (oh that rhymed, me likey) and practice a cool trend all the cool christians are doing called FORGIVENESS.

Offenses are so small in our life. God forgave us of SIN, yet we struggle to forgive those who hurt our pride or our feelings. In a way isn’t NOT forgiving someone a hypocritical act?

Just food for thought. Take it or leave it

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