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Hey, You Guys! I’m a Hypocrite!

IMG_20171016_150100797_HDRAccording to Webster, a hypocrite is a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. Unfortunately, I do that often, so by that definition I reckon I’m a hypocrite. Webster also defines a hypocrite as a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion. I think most who know me, will agree I don’t fit that definition. I make no bones about the fact that I am who I am, and what I am is a terribly flawed human being. Oh, I’m not as bad as I used to be, but I’m still far from what I could be. The thing is, all I’m trying to do is encourage others, using the Bible as my guide. I try to find and focus on the good stuff and hope what I write will help others find and focus on it too. That’s it! So, if being me trying to be a better happier me and trying to help others be better and happier too, while at the same time being plain old messed up me, is being a hypocrite, then I am one! And… I’m okay with that.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.   Romans 3:23

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It Could’ve Gotten Ugly

Kind, as defined by Webster: showing a gentle and considerate nature. God is most definitely gentle and considerate in His dealings with us. Another definition of the word kind more aptly fits God: forbearing. Forbearing is defined as: refraining from the enforcement of something that is due.

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Thankfully, we love and serve a kind, gentle, considerate, and forbearing God. And when we love Him, His love will dwell in our hearts, and His kindness will show in our actions.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4

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Don’t Hold On

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Sometimes we think we’ve forgiven a person, but we hold on to a fragment of the hurt or anger they caused. When we hold on to any piece—no matter how small—of resentment, hurt, or anger, it could be we’re not truly forgiving them at all. God loves us unconditionally, and when He forgives us, it’s a done deal with no strings attached. I want to forgive like that, and I want others to forgive me like that. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but it’s worth hoping for.

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

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Slow To Love

blue lake quoteIt’s easy to love people who do things the way we think they should. And it’s also easy to not love those who don’t do things our way.

God’s love for us doesn’t waiver based on our actions. He gives us room for error and forgives us when we don’t measure up. We can be like Him when it comes to forgiving and loving others—even the hard ones—if we love Him and realize how much He loves us. We can’t cause our love to increase and overflow, but God can, and all we have to do is let Him.

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 1 Thessalonians 3:12

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It Will All Be Good

My dad was an angry, confused man, and he took his frustrations out on those around him—especially his family. But sometimes… he was good. One recent morning, I had a revelation: my dad at some point in his life accepted Christ as his savior, and therefore, based on the grace of God, he’ll be waiting for me in heaven, and neither of us will remember the bad.

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And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

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What God Wants Most

God is no longer a God of rules and regulations; He is a God of grace and love. In the days before Jesus, salvation was something one had to earn. When Jesus died for our sins, salvation was provided to us by grace. Grace is a gift, and when we accept it, we will live a godly life as a result of it. We will obey God’s commands because, by grace, it is in our hearts and nature to do so, not because we must do so to please Him.

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I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing? Galatians 2:21

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No Strings Attached

Why is it so difficult for us to forgive? Sometimes, we think we’ve forgiven a person, but we hold on to a fragment of the hurt or anger they caused When we hold on to any piece—no matter how small—of resentment, hurt or anger, it could be we’re not truly forgiving them at all.

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… Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

 

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