What if we lived in a world where people were really happy for other people in their successes and really empathized in their failures?
What would that world look like… no jealously, but joy and rejoicing in our Lord? Where people loved people in an agape way and there were no more lustful thoughts.
No one ever even thought to kill themselves or others. People forgave people when they did things to wrong them, as the Lord forgives us… Always when we surrender and ask.
I like that world. I constantly try to do these things, but it’s tough. It’s tough because I’m a sinner. It’s even tougher because so are you, and everyone else.
Jesus was perfect but He is raised from the Dead and is now in Heaven with our Father.
This is my favorite part, Grace. Grace from God and for each other and for ourselves.
Step one: Ask Your Personal Lord and Savior to forgive you for all your many sins. Be honest, sin probably happens many times daily, so, continually accept Grace and forgiveness and, then later ask again…
Step two: Ask for forgiveness from people individually that you have wronged. This one is tough because you should do this in person or if that is not feasible on the phone… but not through email or text message. Be sober when this happens and during regular hours, so drunk is probably not an option. This requires you to realize your faults which can be difficult and humble yourself enough that you don’t make excuses or blame game it up or turn it around on the other person for whom you are asking forgiveness. Then you have to wait. They may not accept your apology or they may need time to fully understand and accept your apology. Don’t be discouraged if they do not accept your apology, they may eventually and God did when you asked him because He is truly Merciful and shows unconditional love to everyone and you are already good enough the way you are for His love.
Step three: Forgive Yourself. This is difficult because you may have made a mess of your life because of your actions. You can control your actions but you cannot control the response factor or others interpretations of your actions or the hurt you may have caused others. Don’t do it again and truly repent.
I hope 2010 brings everyone much Happiness and True Love and Joy.
Here’s to treating the people in this world with more respect and honor as we are all children of the Lord.
As the Lord says, “Whatever you do to least you do unto me.”