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Turning the Other Cheek October 2, 2013

Filed under: Applied Faith — christical @ 9:20 pm
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(Please note: a social media comment is shown and referenced in this blog post. The language used may offend sensitive readers.)

After a long break, I’m back.

While I was gone . . .

  • I fell in love with playing music again.
  • I adjusted to a new school schedule.
  • I deleted my blog’s instagram and started spending more time on my personal instagram.

Although I haven’t been blogging, I’ve been eagerly looking for opportunities to “let my light shine” and allow myself to share what I know about God when possible.

When I was scrolling down my feed, I found an argument between a One Direction fan and a Doctor Who fan. For the record, One Direction is a British band who recently announced that they would hold a “live stream” video event for their fans on November 23rd. Doctor Who is a British television show that started fifty years ago. A new, super-important episode will air worldwide on, you guessed it, November 23. The One Direction fans have dubbed the 23rd “1D Day” in honor of the event. Doctor Who fans are not at all happy because they believe that the day should be dedicated to the first doctor. The below comment came from a One Direction fan, and it was directed toward a fan of both One Direction and Doctor Who.

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The part I want to comment on is, “The reason we are nene [mean] to swifties [Taylor Swift fans] and the wanted [The Wanted is another band] cuz in case you haven’t noticed they have all been rude to us first.”

This mentality really grinds my gears. I take issue with the idea that one is justified in being rude to someone because that “someone” was rude first. There’s a difference between justice and vengeance; there’s a difference between forgiving and enabling.

See, if you do something unkind to someone because he or she has done the same to you, then how does that make you any better than the other person?

Jesus taught to turn the other cheek. This means releasing the anger and the grudge that you hold against the other person. Really, withholding that forgiveness doesn’t do much for you. Letting your mind be consumed by their actions, being reminded of the ugly things they did to you, is letting their misdeed defeat you. If disharmony is a basketball, you just caught the ball and will most likely pass it down the court.

If our goal is to think like God, then how can we think like God if we aren’t willing to forgive someone else for their rudeness to us?

If we simply pay back what we have been dealt by others, then don’t we just move in circles? Where would the circle stop?

Do yourself a favor. You don’t have to be your adversary’s best friend, but at the least you can vow not to let their actions take over your life.

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To Be a Prodigal Child January 13, 2013

Filed under: God's Grace Is Enough — christical @ 10:45 am
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“Your mercy saved me / mercy made me whole / Your mercy found me / called me as your own”
–Mercy by Parachute Band

People are truly prodigals at heart. It’s in our nature to question and doubt, sometimes even to rebel. We are told to follow the status quo, except for when it would suit our own desires to do something different. Then, we are told that the status quo is always wrong because “authority gives us no freedom.”

Thus, we fight. Taking up our swords to fight a war that we are not even strong enough to finish, we jump out onto the battlefield, ready to face everything on our own!

That’s when the first arrow hits.

Sin is all around us. Everywhere we go, our humanity prowls about, wanting to swallow us whole.

Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
–1 Peter 5:8 NASB

On the battlefield, we can certainly try to hold our own. Goodness, some people do it six days a week! “Yeah, church is great,” they say, “but it’s different in the real world.” And in some ways, I’ll agree. It’s easy to remember to pray and sit up straight and read your bible when you’re in church and everyone plays nice. But when you leave, bam! Out come the pitfalls that we experience. Anxiety gnaws inside of us. Anger wants to burst out. Our tongues tingle with the possibility of giving our opinions, no matter how brutal.

But if we act on that, how Christian does that seem?

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
–John 13:35

Nobody’s perfect, though! How can God ask us to follow His commands in such an ungodly world? What happens when we mess up?

God realizes that we all mess up. Romans 3:23 states that all have sinned.

Broken, we come to God with our sin. He takes our sin, and He rips it up. God does that because Jesus died, sinless, to obliterate our sin.

If sin is mud, we’re filthy. But God is like our shower, and Jesus is the water. He cleansed us once, and He’ll do it as many times as we need his forgiveness. Isn’t that beautiful? Look at the Beatitudes. What we consider our greatest gaps in strength, Jesus considers the greatest gaps for Him to come and fill us.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

–Matthew 5:3-12 NASB

In His Love,

The Jesus Freak Girl

 

Hear No Evil, See No Evil . . . Doing Less Evil. June 19, 2012

Filed under: Applied Faith — christical @ 4:12 pm
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Mood: Remembering. 🙂

So I was at certain church service at my home church a long time ago, and the sermon from that service has been stuck in my head since late February.

The topic? 7 tips to overcoming temptation.

Now, another friend of mine, who happens to be a therapist, was sitting in the congregation that day as well, and there was this strange moment where we looked at each other and made a mad grab for pen and paper. The tips definitely work. So, I thought, why not throw them out on the Internet for all the world to see?

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