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Gratitude And Forgiveness

How many of you boast in your Christianity because you sit in church? church does not equal righteous because only a relationship with God is authentic Christianity. How many of you plot revenge or even judge others just because they sin different than you do? how many of you post about forgiveness while complaining about things others are praying for? how many of you talk gratitude for your blessings as you miss out on opportunities to serve others? how many of you hold onto your last dollar rather than giving it to one in need because you can’t afford to give? guess what? you can’t afford not to! How many of you look at a homeless beggar not seeing the person inside as you assume they must be an addict of sorts? It is not your job to judge, that’s God’s job… I was inspired to write this when someone dear to me said “How can I honor the one who loves me so deeply when I display the character that I do for I am only human, how can I display any other character than I do when it is who I am, only God can change me for I cannot change myself as all I can do is choose to surrender to his grace and even surrender seems challenging sometimes and I realize it is through his amazing grace that will continue to carry me through to brighter tomorrows”. I realize everyday I awake I fall short of God’s grace, I also recognize God blesses me with his amazing grace each and everyday through his eternal love and everlasting life… An ounce of love is worth more than a pound of knowledge… Although we cannot comprehend the infinite love of our creator, we can express it to one another, moment-by-moment, action-by-action to remind us of that love that will one day embrace us into eternity… Who will you remind of that love today? Will it be the one you believe wronged you? Or will it be yourself that you choose to share the gift of your love with? Forgiveness is greater than vengeance, compassion more powerful than Anger… I’M NOT TELLING YOU IT’S GOING TO BE EASY, I AM TELLING YOU IT IS GOING TO BE WORTH IT! NEVER LET YOUR DREAMS BE GREATER THAN YOUR MEMORIES! ~Lisa Christiansen


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