Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness’

We may be forgiven, but there’s more to God’s love for us than just forgiving us…

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Do you feel God’s love for you?

Forgiven and loved by Jimmy Needham:

A couple of days ago in Unobtainable #1, I spoke about how we all have dreams and goals, and asked you to think about whether your goals were realistic and achievable or unobtainable.

As I also said in the previous post, many do not think God’s love and forgiveness is within their reach, because they believe they are unobtainable goals for them.

It is therefore our responsibility as Christians to tell others that God’s love and forgiveness is within their reach, and that they do deserve His love and His forgiveness.

God’s love and forgiveness is obtainable and available to everyone.

We all have dreams and goals but are they realistic and achievable or are they unobtainable?

It’s good to stretch ourselves by setting targets that you’ve never achieved before but they have to be targets which are obtainable otherwise there really is no point in setting these goals.

What are your goals or targets? Are they realistic or are they goals that realistically you are never going to achieve?

Sadly for many, when they hear talk of God’s forgiveness and his love, they think that they do not deserve His forgiveness or His love. God is within everyone’s reach, so don’t ever consider God’s love to be unobtainable for you, because He is there within reach of us all if we simply lift our eyes to Him and give Him our heart.

Forgive me

Posted: March 15, 2015 in grace, life, love, mercy, music
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Forgive me by Rebecca St James

For all the times I failed You, Lord
Forgive me
For all the ways I’ve fallen short
Lord, forgive me now
God, I’m so in need of grace
I fall upon my face, forgive me

You see the tears fall down my face
Forgive me
Take my fear, Lord, take my shame
Lord, forgive me now
Purify me, make me new
Like only You can do, forgive me now

Lord, we come to honour You
We are forgiven
We bring our love and thanks to You
We are forgiven now

God we praise You for Your grace
Before You we are raised, forgiven
God we praise You for Your grace
Before You we are raised
Forgiven, forgiven

How many times have you failed God?

Me, I’ve failed Him so many times I’m sure He’s lost count. I continue to fail Him daily when I do and say things I shouldn’t, yet He still forgives me and loves me unconditionally.

God loves each of us and offers us His grace and mercy. What more could we ask for when we seek forgiveness!

 

Forgiving those who hurt you can be difficult, especially if they are someone you thought was a friend. That said, there is one other person who we usually all find even harder to forgive, and that’s ourselves! Certainly for me, someone who is a perfectionist, whenever I don’t do things 100% right, or I do or say things I shouldn’t do, I am very hard on myself, expecting better. expecting me to do everything right, 100%.

The key to forgiving yourself and other people is knowing how much God has forgiven you. Forgiven people forgive ~ Nicky Gumbel

It’s tough to forgive others, it’s tough to forgive yourself., but do you know how much God has forgiven you?

God has forgiven you this much…

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forgiveThis week at work I was on a recruitment training course and as part of that course we had to consider whether we would offer a post to an individual if specific circumstances existed. One of the examples was someone who had a spent  conviction for fraud – I have to say I was the only one in the group who said that if the person was the best candidate for the job, I would offer them the post as their conviction was spent, so they had served their time and their past should no longer be held against them.

The following illustrates this:

Don’t judge a person by their past. They don’t necessarily live there anymore.

In thinking about this, it got me thinking about God and how no matter what we may have done in our past, God can and will forgive us and welcome into His family with open arms. God doesn’t care about our past, He simply cares about our present and our future, so why should we think we know better than God and hold someone’s past against them.? After all, what someone has done in their past is not necessarily what they would do now or in the future.

Let’s give everyone a second, and third and a fourth chance, because if God is willing to do so, so should we!

You are always having impact…but is it the impact you want?

What you say, how you say it, and what you do, all combine to determine the kind of impact you have on others.

I know at times I am guilty of saying things in a way that I shouldn’t and also doing things, which give others a bad impression of me and what I stand for. These days I usually realise as soon as I’ve said or done something I shouldn’t have done, what I’ve done. However that wasn’t always the case, as in the past I’ve been guilty of being unaware of my failings, and therefore didn’t even realise the impact I may be having on others.

These days however, I try to apologise to those concerned when I’ve said or done something I shouldn’t have done. I know that doesn’t positive impactmean it makes it ok for me to say/do things I shouldn’t. So, to those of you I’ve annoyed/upset by saying something, or saying something in a way I shouldn’t, or done something I shouldn’t have, I apologise and ask your forgiveness.

Believe me, I am trying to be a better, more loving, caring and understanding person, but I find it very difficult when I’ve struggling physically or emotionally with life, so please bear with me, and please don’t take anything I say or do in these circumstances to heart because I won’t have meant it the way it’s come across.

I want to be a good influence on people, and have a positive impact on other’s lives, and I know I can achieve this with God‘s help.

We can all have a positive impact on others if we give our lives to Jesus, because He can guide us in all situations and help us be the influence He knows we can be. That’s what I’ve done, how about you?

Would you know why I love Jesus, why He is so dear to me?

This is why I love my Jesus, this is why I love Him so:
He has pardoned my transgressions,
He has washed me white as snow.

Yes, I love Jesus.

Yes, He loves me.

Yes, He gave His life for me, so my sins could be forgiven.

Jesus loves you, and will forgive your sins…you just need to ask Him to forgive you!

  • To hold a grudgeclock
  • To be normal
  • To never forgive
  • To act your age all the time!
  • To work long hours and never spend quality time with your family
  • To worry about things you can’t change
  • To never follow your dreams
  • To care about what others think of us
  • To be anything but happy
  • To save every pence we earn and never treat ourselves

We are all on this earth for a limited time, therefore, live each day as if it were your last, as you never know just how many more days you have left to tell those you love just what they mean to you, or do the things you’ve always wanted to do.

The first to apologise is the bravest
The first to forgive is the strongest
And the first to forget is the happiest

Are you “the first”?

God can help you to become “the first”. Just ask Him because He can help you be brave, He can help you forgive, and He can also help you be happy.

What more could you ask for!