Forgiveness

Let’s talk about forgiveness!

My perspective is always growing on this topic. We probably face this topic on a daily basis.

How often do we just easily cut someone off or ignore them because they hurt us? I have been guilty of this but I had to learn and try my best to remember how Jesus forgave.

In Matthew 18: 21-22, Peter asked how often we should forgive:

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

This is how it should be when we forgive. A clean white, slate on our hearts for the person. Sounds pretty simple, right?

My understanding of forgiveness is that the first thing is that it is between the one who has been hurt and God.

Therefore, if I am wronged or feel as if I have been wronged… my first source should be God. Not the other person or the other person’s friend or even my friends or family. God should be the first to be contacted! I forgive because I want to be set free through Christ.

We as Christians should allow people to recover. Discern those around you who are genuine when they apologize.

Stop feeding into what society teaches us – That we need to fend for ourselves – simply by erasing people and celebrate the cut.

The reality is SOME relationships are worth fighting for. How often have WE betrayed Jesus and he forgave us? How often does He grant us new beginnings? After forgiveness- Know when to protect your spirit, know when to reconcile and restore. Peter had a bad day, Judas had a bad heart.

Ephesians 4:32 says:

” Be kind to each other, tender hearted and forgiving one another just as God through Christ has forgiven you”

So does forgiveness automatically mean we have to reconcile?

God grants us wisdom and discernment for moments like these. Reconciliation, though a desired outcome – is not a requirement. Forgiveness does not equal reconciliation. That’s right, I said it….. and this is something I had to learn the very hard way. But after reading deeper into the scriptures, listening to podcast (Lisa and John Bevere have a great one) and seeking wise counsel; I had to accept this truth.

Though forgiveness and reconciliation can be done together, they are two separate things.

Just because you are doing the expected thing as a Christian is not a green card for persons to do whatever they please and then to conveniently drop, ” What would Jesus do?” .Forgiveness doesn’t mean you allow the person to walk all over you each and every time. The best apology is changed behavior!

Each situation calls for self-awareness and self-evaluation.

Pray about it. I repeat. Pray about it.

Have you been convicted by the Holy Spirit? Not yourself …. But the true conviction of the Holy Spirit. (If you’re not being convicted on a daily basis it’s time to do a spiritual check up.)

Lord, did this agreement happen for me to step back from something? Do I need to forgive and MOVE on?

At the end of the day, forgiven people, should be forgiving people. Why? Because God has forgiven you!

❤️

The Graced Citizen

God Can Do It, Week – end Reminder

God is so faithful. He is able. Won’t you trust Him today?

Luke 1:37 says: “For with God nothing will be impossible “

❤️

The Graced Citizen

Joy, that fruit we must pick!

Hey loves,

So I was recently studying the Fruits of the Spirit and I have decided to share a few of my notes 😊

Galatians 5:22-23 says :

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

JOY.

Joy, is a fruit of the spirit.

We often sing the song in church:

” I’ve got the joy, joy, joy down in my heart”

JOY.

‭‭Is it really down in your heart?

What is the difference between joy and happiness?

Joy comes from the Lord, happiness comes from the world.

It took me a lot of studying the Word to learn and understand that happiness is a worldly emotional mindset.

Joy is permanent, happiness is temporary.

We must learn to find joy in every situation, every season, every moment.

Serving God should not be based on temporary emotions or our state of “happiness” of what we feel like or not doing.

The more we are led by the Holy Spirit and live for Jesus…the more we seek and receive true joy.

Let’s try to sow this seed so we together can reap this fruit.

❤️

The Graced Citizen

Emancipate Yourself from Mental Slavery

Tomorrow is August 1.

Here in Jamaica it will be a holiday : Emancipation Day

This historical day dates back to 1834 when all slaves in British colonies were emancipated but it was a case of freedom with conditions. These conditions included work without pay in exchange for lodging, food, clothing, medical attendance and grounds on which they could grow their own provisions. They could chose to work outside for an additional wage to buy their freedom.

Around this time of year, you will hear our famous Jamaican reggae artiste, Bob Marley “Redemption Song” playing on almost every household radio throughout the nation. “Redemption Song” includes the lyrics : “ Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery…None but ourselves can free our minds”

Bob’s song speaks to redemption, freedom and total emancipation.

Redemption. Freedom. Total Emancipation.

What are you spiritually bonded to that’s preventing you from experiencing total emancipation? Are you are trying to experience freedom with your own conditions? “Yes, God has freed me but I’m still going to hold on to what this person said about me or I’m still going to remember how I failed at this and that” or just simply complain about every past experience.

Redemption. Freedom. Total Emancipation.

John 8: 34-36 says:

“Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”

Who the Son sets free is free indeed! Why? Because you are a child of God! Are you viewing yourself as a child or as a slave?

Is your mindset in the grave or seeking life?

You need to declare a change in mindset today. Mental slavery is a choice. God doesn’t want us in bondage. Jesus Christ did not go all the way to Calvary for us to remain in bondage day after day.

I wonder how many times after the ex- slaves became free they looked over their shoulder to see if their former masters were watching. They experience a huge lifestyle change, yet so many of them still could not live freely.

The brain, (though all organs need each other to function as a team), is the most important. When someone is declared brain dead, it means their whole body has shut down. Everything will eventually stop working. You have to be attached to a cord to keep everything else going. The individual can no longer move, think,speak ,hear, feel, see or hear. The mind as we know it has completely stopped. This is what mental slavery does to us. We are unable to see how far we have come because we think we need the cord of the past to keep reminding us of every sin, every hurt, every pain, every setback while Jesus is stretching His hand out and reaching for us. How can we move into freedom if that cord keeps reeling us back in and plugged into the socket of our past? We cannot experience peace and joy if we aren’t willing to heal and move forward.

So many of us are trapped in our past experiences. We have allowed our past thoughts, mistakes, experiences and actions to define our future. Our past can’t go with us as we walk into our destiny. Remember the Israelites could not walk into the Promise Land because they could not leave their old mindsets and behaviours behind. It took them 40 years to be free.

Does your mindset have you so trapped that you’re unable to be free?

Steps to freedom:

1.Repent and ask God for forgiveness.

( 1 John 1:9 — “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”)

2.Read and meditate on God’s word daily, it’s how God speaks to us.

( Joshua 1:8 — “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”)

3.Pray always, it’s how we stay connected verbally to God. Prayer is also an act of surrender knowing God is in control of changing the way we think or see things. We must pray asking Him to change us from the inside -out.

( 1 Thessalonians 5:17 — “Never stop praying.”

4.Know the truth in the word and practice it. When we learn something we must apply it. We now must walk by faith and apply it. Jesus has already set us free from the bondage of sin and death.

5.Speak life

( Proverbs 18:21 — “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”)

6.Share your testimonies.

(Revelation 12:11 — “And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.”)

Philippians 4:8-9 says:

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Declare today that the chains will and have been broken through Jesus Christ. I pray that you all experience — Redemption. Freedom. Total Emancipation.

God alone is our Redeemer, He alone can free us and emanicipate us from mental slavery.

Trust in Him.

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen ❤️