Let’s not harden our hearts in a world that expects us to give up and not stand our grounds. We live in a world that expect us continue to walk around with our head held low and continuing to allow our egos to lead us and harm us at the same time. We live in a way world where the truth is frown upon and lies are celebrated. There is power in the name of Jesus. There is power in his name that lifts darkness out of your sphere. There is pain that strengthens you spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially.
We all want love, peace, and serenity, but the time is now to become what you hope to have in your own life. Everyone wants our children to stop dying, children being raped and hurt, our men dying from mental health issues, and gun violence. We would rather keep up with the Jones and bad habits even though people around us are dying spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and financially.
We would rather instruct and direct others to do the right thing, but fail to discipline ourselves to make healthier decisions. Change is hard, but it worth the fight for things yet unseen. I was once that person, who would judge and condemn everything that was different or outside of my own sins not recognizing that I was just as guilty as the murder, whore, liar, cheater, and manipulator. My sins may not have been so exposed for others to see, but I was sinner much like the others. I would look down upon others asking myself and expressing out loud how could they do that? I cannot stand him or her? They are ridiculous. I would never do such a thing as they did? God has a very interesting way of making me eat my own words.
The things I hated most about others, I hated about myself. I realized that I was once an individual that was wounded as I would murder souls of others with my foul words and intentions, being a whore with my eyes (lust), lying to myself and others about who I was (mask), cheating myself of living and enjoying the present moment, and I was a manipulator as I was robbing myself and others attached to my destiny as I would allow distractions, excuses, and fears to stop me from becoming. I say to you all do not let your heart be hardened by past mistakes, setbacks, and failures in life.
We must continue to believe and walk in our newness and ensuring that we stay connected to God along the way. In order, for me to minimize so much unnecessary hurt and pain, it was time to learn, forgive, and move on. I do not like to use the word let go, which is used so often because many are not given the correct concept in how to let go. I feel we can always manage to move on because our past is important to our present and our future. The lessons (past), blessings (present), and sacrifices (future). All three of the timeframes are significant to our life’s blueprint.
I want to talk about forgiveness and why forgiveness is so important. I can empathize with those who walk around with pain pretending that things around you are okay and no one can seem to see you screaming inside because they are so used to you being strong for others. The popular question always comes up by stating, “Who is going to take care of the strong one when the strong one can no longer be strong?”
Unfortunately, it is the strong person and God, who will oversee in holding themselves accountable, forgiving yourself and others, and healing themselves and others. It is the strong one who was blessed with the gift to hold on to their own stuff plus others for the present moment. The solution of it all is to forgive ourselves for continuing to allow ourselves not to evolve in the space that is given to us. Many people believe that forgiveness is for others, but it really for yourself.
A bitter heart is a result of an unforgiving heart, which will lead you to harden your heart. A harden heart prevents you from loving yourself and others unconditionally. A harden heart also prevents you from being free from emotional bondage, from being selfless, it will also allow you not to enjoy peace, and it will not allow you to live in the moment. Most people believe that a harden heart is protection, but a hardent heart is bondage. I have to learn to continue to focus on the bigger picture when trouble arrives and ask ourselves what were we supposed to learn in the process of the situation.
Luke 6:27 CEV,“Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you. Ask God to bless anyone who curses you, and pray for everyone who is cruel to you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, don’t stop that person from slapping you on the other cheek. If someone wants to take your coat, don’t try to keep back your shirt. Give to everyone who asks and don’t ask people to return what they have taken from you. Treat others just as you want to be treated. If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that?
Even sinners love people who love them. If you are kind only to someone who is kind to you, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners are kind to people who are kind to them. If you lend money only to someone you think will pay you back, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners lend to sinners because they think they will get it all back. But love your enemies and be good to them. Lend without expecting to be paid back. Then you will get a great reward, and you will be the true children of God in heaven. He is good even to people who are unthankful and cruel.Have pity on others, just as your Father has pity on you.“
I know it is easier said than done; which took me years to get to this point of forgiving and treating others with kindness that they deserve despite their intentions towards me. You want justice for all then this is the first step to doing so: forgiving others and self. I enjoy living in self love, where I love myself too much to continue to allow those who wronged to darken my days. I am aware that my joy does not come from others, but it comes from the Lord and myself. Forgiving others is an act of self-love because you are learning to raise above your ego and live through the spirit, which is far more liberating.
The time is now to forgive others and show mercy to others for your own sake and well-being because this action produces self-respect. Self-respect creates trust in self to make better decisions in life. Living with remorse all your life is not worth it and staying stuck is not worth it because you began to die a slow death not living the life God intended for you to have. Find a quiet and still place and began to talk to God about helping you forgive those who have wronged you. So that you may be forgiven in the process also. Accept your salvation and continue to move forward. Don’t worry you are not walking this journey alone. God and I are walking with you!