Forgiveness

In a little over four weeks from now I will be on a 72 hour vacation, Walk to Emmaus.  OK, this is not what most of you call a vacation, because there will be no TV, Radio newspapers, cell phones, Internet, etc.  Just spiritual renewal and  prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion.  Ever since I accepted Jesus into my life, forgivenesslife has been different and I am not who I once was.  By the grace of God I have been forgiven and now have a new life.  I know some of you just can’t understand this, how can I have a “new life”?  When I think back and wonder how all of this has happened to me, I still can’t believe I am doing all this.  Don’t get me wrong, I want to know Jesus better and am so happy that he has come into my life.  He has given me power to do things I never thought I could ever do.  I now have a church, I am singing in the choir, Bible study and helping out with the youth group just to name a few.  I am told that I will be different after I get back from my Walk to Emmaus, but I am all ready different; how much more can God change me?  I can’t wait!

We all want forgiveness but can we forgive others?  When we are hurt by things others do to us we tend to hold on to the hurt.  Even when they ask us to forgive them, we can’t.  I know there are some people who can’t forgive me for the hurt and pain I have put in there lives.  I wish they could but there forgiveness would not benefit me because I have received my forgiveness from Jesus Christ.   I truly love my enemies, I pray for them and want them to know Jesus so they too can know true forgiveness.  I use to fight back when other hurt me, it made me mad that they didn’t know me!  I wanted to set them straight, get them to see the real me.  Now that I know Jesus, I know all that does not matter.  Jesus  love  is all I need, and if I do what’s right then they will start to see that I am different.

It’s about love, God’s love  and I know even though I am a sinner; I have been forgiven.  I have been given a new start on life, every day I praise God for the great gift I have been given!  I know greater things are yet to come and what I do is only to help others become better and find the love I know.  It’s no longer about me, I am second now and I love it!

God bless,

Kent

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