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How hard is that!

Yes, when people hurt us, physically or emotionally, it can be extremely difficult to forgive them. It can be even more difficult to forgive them if they’re not sorry for what they’ve said or done.

However as Christians we must be willing to forgive and forget, even when those concerned aren’t sorry!

Hebrews 10:32-35 (NIV)
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

We may not face daily persecution because of our Christian beliefs, however many do. Yes, like many of you I’ll have been called names, shouted but nothing like the level of persecution some in other countries have to endure because they believe in God.

Can you imagine still having the strength and courage to openly share your faith, even when others persecute you because of it. I’m not sure my faith would be strong is enough in that situation, is yours?

When someone has no hope, they are at their lowest possible point. Sadly the world contains many people these days who, if asked, would say they have no hope, either for themselves or for this world.

For those of us who believe in God and believe that Christ died for us, we know there is hope for this world, if the world can find Jesus. It is therefore our responsibility as Christians to tell the world that there is hope, and that that hope comes from Jesus.

Jesus is our Living Hope.

In a world where so many awful things happen all over the world on a daily basis, is it any wonder we don’t feel safe. But as Christians we have no need to fear:

We are in God’s presence always, so as long as we believe in Him we need not fear what lies ahead for us or our family and friends.

Just as breathing is just natural, and normal, so should witnessing be to the believer.

Yes, we all need to breathe to live. But do we continue to show we believe in God by telling string God’s message with non-believers?

If we claim to believe in God, but do not tell others about God’s love for them, can we truly say we are Christians?

Believe and share your belief!

When I ask if you’re lost, I don’t mean lost as in you don’t know you’re physical location. Instead I am referring to being lost in our spiritual life.

In the last few days, I’ve asked: Who Are You, Who We Are and Where are we? I guess depending on your response to each of those questions you may have realised, maybe for the first time, that you have lost your way in your Christian journey.

Even if you are lost, don’t despair, because it’s easy to get back on the Christian pathway. We simply need to put our faith and trust back on God, because He will help you find your way.

I spent a bit of time recently thinking about how I’ve got to where I am – Not in a work or career sense, but from a personal perspective.

I’m sure, like everyone else, there have certain individuals who have influenced you, taught you and directed you through your younger days. There will have been those who have encouraged you, looked out for you, become your confidants, and just generally been there for you whenever you’ve needed to talk.

There have been people in my life too you I put into each of those categories. Between them, they are the one who have helped make me the person I am today. However, I hope and pray that it is those who taught about God and the bible from an early age, who have influenced me most. Without their Christian influence on me I definitely wouldn’t be the person I am today. Without Christ in my life I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I therefore give thanks to God for all those who have taught me or influenced me along my Christian journey.

Who we are today is a direct result of those we spend time with, and those we trust and believe. My belief and trust is in God. How about you, are you trusting and believing in the right people?

Yesterday, in Only One, I asked you if you how many brothers or sisters, and then spoke about relationships with our family and siblings.

A similar question today – Do you consider your Christian friends to be your brothers and sisters in Christ?

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?
And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters. (1 John 4:20-21)

If we truly love God, we must not make up any reasons why we cannot love our brothers and sisters in Christ. Having said that, we are only human, so we do find it difficult to love everyone. We must therefore ask God to give us understanding and patience in all our relationships so that we can be the kind of person He wants us to be – The kind of person who loves everyone, even those who would do their best to be our enemies.

What kind of impression do you leave on other people’s lives?

Do you actually leave any impression on them, or do you wander into people’s lives, and leave again without them even noticing?

Be noticed for who you are as a Christian. If you live by Christian values you will leave a great lifelong impression on other people’s lives.

So go on leave some cheer on someone’s life today…show them some sparkle in what otherwise may be a dark time in their life.

 

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Posted: January 18, 2018 in belief, blogging, faith, music, religion
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As I said in Just Believe, it can be hard to believe in someone or something when they have done nothing to warrant your trust or your belief in them.

However, it can be easier to believe in someone when the way they act or behave, confirms the belief. i.e. When someone professing to be a Christian, acts and behaves as you would expect them to be behave.

When you see someone’s actions reflect their beliefs, it makes us more likely to believe in them.