April 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
And a very happy and blessed Easter to you all.
This week we will divert from my book, to look at the most prolific, awesome and selfless act ever known to this world, even though not believed by many.
The Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary. In my opinion, this was an act of total selflessness on two counts. Firstly by our Heavenly Father who gave His only begotten Son to die for our sins on that cross.
Let’s look at this for a moment. Would you or I ever contemplate allowing our own son to be whipped, spat at, ridiculed and nailed to a cross, just so that other people’s sins could be forgiven. You can bet your life we would not.
So then in that case why would we not….
Simply because we do not have the capacity to love with the depth that God can. His love is totally and utterly immeasurable because He is the one and only one, meaning that there is no one that can come close to the magnificent and all-powerful God that He is.
His Son, given for the forgiveness of our sins and our chance to have everlasting life. Jesus lived on this earth with us for thirty-three years. Towards the end of this time, Jesus knew what He had to do. However what could have happened if Jesus had decided to say He was not going to give Himself to die for His fellow-man. Where would we be today. There would be no forgiveness of sins for a start, then there is the distinct possibility that over the centuries since Jesus, the church would have just drifted away because people were just not interested. Can you imagine what life would actually be like today if that had happened. Lawlessness would be worldwide to a far greater degree than it is today I would think, satan would possibly be trying to assert himself as some sort of King on earth, and because of our total lack of wisdom we would naturally see him as some sort of saviour and follow him.
Boy oh boy, just writing this I can feel the heat of hell around me, and have to take a deep breath and give thanks to the Lord for His act of love. We may be blinded by the heat of hell so that we just cannot see what we have been led into, there would be no way back just because there would be nowhere to go, hell in a hand basket I suppose. I am actually sitting at my desk pondering over what it could be like, terrible.
Fortunately for us, Jesus had no choice because He was given to womb of the virgin Mary for one purpose and one purpose only. The redemption of man, the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, to put it into one word it is to be ‘SAVED.’
In my home town of Gravesend in the UK we were privileged to have a pageant staged in our town by the drama group from the church that I attend.
City Praise Centre alongside other churches from our town of Gravesend did the community proud. The act of the beating of Jesus during his judgement and afterwards was amazing and very realistic. Hearts were heavy all over the community square for what Jesus had to endure on our behalf. But praise God that He did endure it and did not say no.
Because of the selfless act of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ we can now look at the cross and see that he was resurrected, because the cross is empty for He is risen. They say that it is possible to do something too much, but where God is concerned it can never be too much so I am going to attach a poem which I put on the website a few days ago.
R. O. R.
© January 2011
That’s it for this week, enjoy the Bank Holiday.
Meanwhile, be good – you know you should, and if you tried you know you could.
April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
It seems a long time since I last wrote on this blog, well it is two weeks after all.
Sorry if you have missed the updates, but my normal daily work and home life has had to take preference as things got very busy for a while and spare time was like gold dust. Hopefully though, things are now back on track and I can get straight again.
This week I am going to be looking at chapter six of my book. The wrong approach.
1) Bitterness is a cancer,
2) Love yourself to love others,
3) Forgive yourself to forgive others.
Bitterness is a cancer
Yes! Bitterness is a cancer. When you hold a grudge against someone for whatever reason, it gradually gnaws away inside you. Not necessarily noticeable at first, but believe me it is there doing its nasty little job of work.
In our heads we seem to convince ourselves that we can forgive and forget, but really we want to shout and scream at the person(s) concerned, or worse still do harm to them, or we might carry out some sort of vendetta in our own heads but not actually doing harm to them. Which by the way would then land us in trouble with the police. Maybe even the start of a criminal record.
So we have a cancer growing inside caused by our own attitude towards somebody. Notice that I said caused by our own attitude, not everything can be blamed onto satan. Although we may be in some areas living the way that he wants us to live, we have allowed it to happen. Either way we have it and may have been caused by someone whom we have to work with, is a member of our family or church or association. How are we going to deal with that cancer, the solution is to say sorry, that done we can now carry on as before. Wrong, if we just carry on as before the cancer will eventually return.
So where did this bitterness/cancer come from, it is of our own making.
Because we initially decide that we won’t say anything to the person concerned because we can cope with it, we lock it away. Rather like a block of cheese being put in the fridge because we know the fridge will keep it fresh, but there are changes taking place which we cannot see. Eventually those changes become evident in the form of mould. Ok! I know that we can cut the mould off and still eat some of the cheese, but if we put the cheese back into the fridge and leave it there for a while it will soon develop more mould.
It is rather like that when we have this lack of forgiveness inside us. As already mentioned it begins to gnaw away at us on the inside and the mould i.e. bitterness/cancer begins to form. Eventually the resentment that builds up within us starts to change us as a person, not in all points of our personality but in areas that would cause us to think about the reason for this change.
Love yourself to love others.
Before we can forgive the person(s) who done wrong to us, we must forgive ourselves and learn to love everything about ourselves. For it is not possible to love someone else if you are unable to love yourself. Within the ways of the world this may be seen as narcissism (from Greek Narkissos) where one is too much in love with oneself. In the spirit you have to be love to give love. For we are made in God’s own image and God personifies love. Love is embodied within itself and gets stronger and stronger with love.Without this no man can truly love, therefore without love you cannot give love.
Forgive yourself to forgive others.
Without love you cannot forgive, just as you have to forgive yourself to be able to forgive others. This is so important to be able to give true forgiveness to others that have done wrong to you. Why would anyone want to live life with the turmoil that unforgiveness can cause, living within them. It binds you up, limits your capacity for happiness and much more. Having personally experienced this cancer, I can say with true conviction that being let free through forgiveness and love is a wonderful feeling a true blessing from God. If you have never felt a true weight being lifted and being replaced with an unprecedented love, then you have yet to experience, one touch from the King.
Meanwhile, stay good – you know you should, and if you tried you know you could.