Qualities of Fishers of Men

How do we represent God in our daily lives? How can we attract others to him? Click here to listen to my speech about the “Qualities of Fishers of Men”.

25 days of Christmas (Day 2)

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(Day 2) Shauna Channer

“My favorite Christmas memory is when my sister and I made handmade soy-wax candles and gave them as gifts to our friends and family.  People really loved them and couldn’t believe that they were homemade.  It was also a lot of fun making them with my sister.”

25 days of Christmas (Day 1)

 

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Welcome to my photo project, twenty-five days of Christmas!  Every day leading up to Christmas, I will be featuring someone on my blog.  Now, unto the first person…. (drum roll)

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(Day 1)  Meet Felix Feng!

“I do not ever celebrate Christmas before because I was in China.  Christmas is connected to shopping and people get together.”

The art of forgiveness

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Forgiveness.  Is there anything harder to do in the entire world than to forgive someone you feel wronged by?  I sincerely doubt it.

The funny thing is that so many times, people act as though they do something amazing by forgiving others.  But in many ways, once you are able to forgive, you are the one released from all bitterness and hate.  Forgiveness is not even something that is entirely our own.  Jesus came into a corrupt, desolate and hateful world, but still forgave.  Giving up his own life to atone for the sins of people who spat and mocked him.  As Christians, this is the type of love we strive to emulate in our lives.  A type of love that is willing to forgive others because we understand that we too need forgiving.

Matthew 6:14-15

Yes, if you forgive others for their sins, your Father in heaven will also forgive you for your sins.  But if you don’t forgive others, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins.
The above verse explains this to us so well.  Forgiveness isn’t in our hands.  How can we refuse forgiveness to others when God forgave us so freely?  Knowing that as human beings we hold a sinful nature- that only God can help us escape.

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There have been so many times in my life, when I’ve wanted nothing more than to hold unto hate.  But there have been so many more times in my life where people have forgave me, even when there was no reason for them to do so.  No other reason than the fact that they are a child of God and when you’re really close to God- you become like him.  Silly things don’t matter and you’re able to forgive someone who seems unworthy of forgiveness.

Being on the other side of the coin, I value value forgiveness so much.  There comes a point where we need to learn to even forgive ourselves sometimes. And that can be the hardest thing of all to do.  Because realizing we are wrong is so painful to admit, especially to ourselves.

More than anything when we realize how wrong we have been, we value the gift of forgiveness so much more.