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True colours

Posted: September 9, 2019 in life, prayer, quotes, Relationships, religion
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If we show our true Christians colours, not only will Christ see them, but so will others. When others look at us or talk to us, if we live our lives as a true Christian, they will see something different in us – Hopefully that difference will be they see Christ!

I pray that I start each day by asking God to help me live my life as a true Christian. By doing that, I hope that others will see Christ through me, and see something that makes them want to seek Christ for themselves.

We often talk talk about how, as Christians, we must forgive others when they hurt or upset us.

Colossians 3:13 (The Passion Translation)

Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them.

But forgiveness isn’t just something we need to offer to others. It can sometimes be easier to forgive others for what they do/say, than for us to forgive ourselves for our mistakes. It’s probably just because we feel we should be more in control of ourselves, our words and our actions, that we have higher expectations of ourselves. However we must treat ourselves just as well as we treat other, by showing ourselves forgiveness.


Yesterday I gave you a definition of a Christian provided by Frederick Buechner. Today I have another quote for you about what it actually means to be a Christian, this time from C.S. Lewis.

We all do and say things which are wrong. We sin.

Our friends, our family, our colleagues, may forgive us when we say and do things which hurt them. That’s forgiveness.

God goes even further than any friend, family member or colleagues would ever go – He’s prepared to forgive everything we do that is wrong, regardless of how heinous or inexcusable it may be.

It’s because God is prepared to forgive all our inexcusable wrongs, that we too must try to forgive even the inexcusable. It’s hard, I know, but if God can forgive us for all the wrongs we do, surely we can try to forgive everyone else?

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. ~ Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)

If I were to ask you what it means to be a Christian, what would your answer be?

Here’s one great description of what it means to be a Christian:

Yes, God has, and continues to, forgive us of every sin we have ever committed, no matter how bad those sins may be. If God can forgive us of anything and everything, how can we possible justify not forgiving others for things they say or do which hurt us?

God loves us and forgives us, therefore we must love other and forgive them when they hurt us or let us down. It’s difficult, but if we ask God to help us, we can do it!

As we go through life, we grow-up and realise our prioritise in life need to change. We change our thoughts and opinions of others. But all these things happen gradually over time, so that’s why it can feel as if nothing has changed around us, until we stop and look back at how things used to be.

Life does change us, and we can change life for ourselves and those around us too. So never think life is the same as it’s always been, because if we are living our lives we should be changing our lives.

I pray I’m changing my life to be more like Christ, how about you?

Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is. ~ C. S. Lewis

I’m sure we’ve all heard it said that we show our true colours when we’re caught by surprise or off guard. I simply pray today that whether I have days/weeks to prepare for something or I’m unexpectedly asked my opinion on something or my feelings about someone, my answers are consistent and that they show me to be a true Christian.


Posted: February 10, 2016 in life, music, religion, stress, trust
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Affliction is often that thing which prepares an ordinary person for some sort of an extraordinary destiny ~ C. S. Lewis

Yes, we all hate “afflictions” and problems don’t we? We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t!

However I want to remind you that everything we go through in life happens for a reason, and that reason is to help us to learn and grow. How else do we learn if we don’t experience life ourselves first hand? Life isn’t easy at times, but thankfully we do not need to face it alone, if we put our full trust in God.

Let’s be extraordinary today, and every day, taking everything that comes our way as an opportunity to learn and grow and become more like Him, ready to do amazing things for Him.

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell ~ C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

Yes, God is bigger than people’s opinions of Him. But having said that, He does want us to acknowledge Him as Lord and Saviour.

So don’t try to dismiss or diminish God from your life as His will always be there, whether you refuse to believe in Him or not.

God is bigger and more powerful and more loving than anyone else we will ever know, so don’t dismiss Him from your life.

As I said in yesterday’s blog post Consuming, it can be difficult to forgive others when they hurt us or treat us badly. So that’s why today it’s time to remind of this:

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you ~ C.S. Lewis

Begin again

Posted: October 4, 2015 in life, music, quotes, religion, stress
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Each day is a new day with new challenges, so why do we often think we can face each day on our own without God? Each day is a new day with God so let Him into each day and let Him be at the centre of each of your days.

Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done ~ C.S. Lewis