Author: Lori Carter
Being a Christian isn’t always easy. We put our faith in a God we can neither touch nor see. We wait patiently, maybe not always patiently, for him to answer our prayers and move in our lives. Our actions, our thoughts, and our attitudes have a whole lot to do with what kind of Christian we become, what kind of Christian we show to others along the pathways of life.
What is a Christian?
The word Christian was given to those who chose to believe on Christ, those who believed he was the son of God, suffered and died for our sins, was entombed and rose on the third day. Christians, true Christians not only try to follow the general rules set out in the Ten Commandments, but all the parables, proverbs and instructions that Christ, himself set forth during his short ministry. Among those instructions was how to pray to the father.
Even though Christ was sent as the intercessor between the father and us, to intercede for the forgiveness of our sins, he still instructed everyone in the proper way to pray to god: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
Now depending on which bible you are reading, some of the words may be a little different. For example another version uses the word “trespass and those who trespass against us” instead of “debtors and debts”. It basically all means the same thing. God demands that if he is to forgive us for our wrongs, for our sins, we must also forgive those who sin against us, those who have wronged us.
This is one of the hardest things for any individual to do. We may move on in our lives, away from those who have harmed us, cheated us, used us or abused us and think that we have forgiven past transgressions, but in reality, has anyone of us really been able to do this. Just as important, knowing that we have been forgiven, have we actually forgiven ourselves?
I find myself reflecting on the past a lot lately. The reason for this, I do not know. It may be because I am getting older and want to see the positive changes in friends and relative’s lives take place before God calls me home. It may also be, and this has crossed my mind several times, that not only have I not learned to completely forgive others, but that I haven’t forgiven myself either for the mistakes I made that affected other people’s lives.
None of us are perfect, nor will we ever be. Leaving the past in the past is essential because it can never be changed, but along the way we need to seek forgiveness from God, forgiveness from those we have wronged if possible, and we have to learn to forgive others as well as forgive ourselves.
Take some time to reflect on your life, past and present. Have you really forgiven others or just moved on? Have you sought forgiveness for your transgressions, and most importantly, since the father forgives you, have learned to forgive yourself? Are you moving forward, working on changes that will bring you closer to God? Forgiveness is a big step in the right direction and one of the hardest things to accomplish, but it is well worth the effort and time it takes to learn how to do this.
Be Blessed, Lori
GOD IS STILL GOD ALL THE TIME. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME . ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD