We all have that friend who is always messing up. Either they are constantly hurting feelings with their words, standing us up when we make plans, or go behind our back. HOw many 2nd chances should we give them? How many times must we forgive?
We don’t just see this with friends, we see it with aquatances and family members. How much should we put up with?
As humans we are not perfect, we mess up pretty often. It can be as simple as a few mis-spoked words or it could be extreme and carries consequesnces that could last a life time. No matter what the mistake, or sin is God forgives us. He gives us countless 2nd chances if we continue to return to him.
Isaiah 44:22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you
The first communion
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
The opening scene of Les Miserables you see men walking off of a ship a heave ring around their neck, their wrists and ankles together and weighed down with cuffs and chains. They are weak, dirty, and bend over from the burden they carry. This scene reminded me of how we are spiritually when sin is in our life. It slowly binds, burdens us and slows us down. It restricts our movement and eventually renders us useless for anything but what the slave master, Sin wants us to do.
It is amazing to me that a Christians most powerful tool is often looked at as a last resort. “When all else fail’s Pray” , “I wish there was something I could do, I guess I’ll just pray”. When our approach on prayer should be to pray with out ceasing. Pray before all else fails and when things fall apart continue to pray. Offer to pray for someone boldly and confidently and then see if there is something else you can do.
I am starting to read a book, The Battlefield Of The Mind By Joyce Myer. This is how to dicpiline your thoughts and gain control of your mind.
Why is it so important to get control of the mind? The importance is that every action that ever has been taken was once a thought. Every event in human history has began in the mind, wheather good, bad or indifferent. The mind is that which steers our whole body(Proverbs 23:7)
We as American’s schedule so much of our life, we try to be everywhere so we don’t miss anything.I sat at a baby shower and listened to a woman talk about her life and it was a classic case of overscheduling. She would be working on church obligations while at her sons soccer game while her husband attended their daughters dance recital. The world reveared her as superwoman, but no one is getting the quality attention from her. She is spread so thin, that she was spending time away from her husband to be at a game she wasn’t watching to put a hurried effort into a project.
There are tons of rules, directions and sins mentioned in the Bible but special attention is given to sexual sin. 1 Corinthians 6:18 explains that when someone sins sexually it is a sin against their body. The reason sexual sin is different from murder, stealing, or lying is because it effects you physically, emotionally and spiritually.