Grace For Your Enemies

Grace For The Ones That Affect My Mood When They Walk In The Room

"For God so loved the world" not just the church.

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"For God so loved the world" not "the church". I know this makes any religious person cringe in the most defensive ways but I promise I come to this with a word and revelation that God has blessed me to experience.

Do you know about Transformation Church with Pastor Michael Todd? I could not fall asleep last night to save my life and watched his "Grace like a flood series" to its entirety. Why is this relevant? What does this how to do with that

You: Why is this relevant? What does this have to do with your outrageous headline? Get to the point.

I gotchu! Basically, this revolutionary word was being preached about Grace and Love. I heard him make a point that references John 3:16 which says "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life".

I believe we're all given different revelations from the word that God knows we need for the lives he planned for us but this word is too amazing. I know that this is something he wants us all to be able to understand and walk in. He can also help us gain this understanding and change our hearts to be able to do it out of love.

The significance of this word for me is seen through the lens of grace. This is the part where you should lean in because I can't even describe the power if you get this.

Through the lens of grace, we're able to see John 3:16 as a reminder of the beauty in being grace-conscious as believers. To even point out that the scripture says God so loved the 'world' and not 'the church' isn't saying that God doesn't love the church. The point is that God loved all of us so much, believers and non-believers, that he sent his son to pay a debt that we could never pay for on our own because he's so madly in love with us.

John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

Christ is our kinsman redeemer in that he was the word wrapped in flesh. He understands everything you're going through with enemies, people talking about you, persecution, the enemy tempting you, the enemy taunting you and accusing you, priorities, friendship drama, relationship drama and more. He walked it out already for us in the perfect way that he is and wants to guide us through what we don't know how to do.

Through the lens of grace, John 3:16 should make you think about the heart of God. Through this lens, John 3:16 exemplifies Luke 15:4 of how Jesus will leave the ninety-nine to get the one. He is Good. He is Perfect. He is Love. There's no other explanation for it.

Let's put it in perspective. *Warning the following messages are not for people who don't want to be more like Jesus or love like Jesus or mature in Christ*

So for the people or person you "can't stand" or "don't like".. You need the SAME grace as them. The grace you needed and will need for the mistakes you make every day, knowingly or unknowingly, is the same grace that those people need. The grace you needed for the most stupid or manipulative or embarrassing things you have done is the same grace that the ones who have mistreated you need.

There is no such thing as you being better than them. Matter of fact, you can't be better than anybody. Ever. Even if you think you are or want to.

The reason why I gave a warning that this level of a faith and love message isn't for people who want to become more like Jesus is because this is what he had to bare. Everything you will ever go through, Jesus has gone through it in excruciating ways more out of his love and sacrifice to redeem you so that your sin wouldn't separate you from God. So that you prideful thoughts and manipulative ways wouldn't be enough to stop God from loving on you.

The reason why I gave this warning is because to become more like God is to become more like Love because God is Love (1 John 4). This is not a characteristic or personality treat. This is WHO HE IS, therefore, He can't do anything acting outside of love. This is his entire being. (I am completely quoting the sermon because this is That good). A sign that you're maturing in Christ and becoming more like God is if you're becoming more like love.

So when you're looking at extending grace towards people that challenge your faith through this kind of lens of love then you see that this is all about love. This is about Him. When God is convicting you to extend grace to someone who has mistreated you it's about Him because it's about Love and He. Is. Love. This is about the love story of God and all his children. This lens helps your heart to see that behaviors and things that challenge your faith

This lens helps your heart to see that nothing anyone could ever do to you is more important than Him and His love. He's worth it, every time. The person who mistreats you being able to experience falling in love with the one who will be all you'll ever need because you were obedient when God asked you to submit to representing Him to them is worth it. Because God is always worth it and its always about Him.


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A Letter From God To Help You Finish The Semester

God sees your struggles and He's here to give you strength and motivation.
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My Child,

The lack of motivation towards the end of the semester is normal. You are mentally and physically tired, but you are almost at the end. Don’t stop walking down the perfect path I have for you. When you’re going along and you come upon a speedbump, I want you to go over it and keep driving. The paper you have to write and the test you have to study for are just small speedbumps I have given you to make you wiser. You can write that paper and you can gain motivation to study for that test. I am here to give you strength, and am here to open up your mind and give you motivation.

You are so loved. You have such a beautiful mind. The light of Jesus shines through your eyes and your smile brings comfort to the world. There’ll be times you feel like you’re carrying a heavy load. There’ll be times you feel like the task I have given you is impossible to perform. But remember this: I would never put anything upon your shoulders that you cannot carry. If I put you in a certain situation, it’s because I know you are strong enough to go through it.

When you feel like crying, cry to me. When you feel like a failure, remember how much I love you. You are not a failure and you are not going to give up. I will hold your hand through every second of your life. I will seek your heart through your darkest moments. I see you, I see your heart, and I see your burdens. And remember that I have your heart which means I also have your burdens. Follow my footsteps and you will be free from the doubt. Remember Mark 4:40-41: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” I have the power to calm any storm and wave. I have the power to calm YOUR storms and waves. Set your doubt, anger, and tiredness in my hands and simply be patient.

Romans 8:14-15 says,“For those who are led by the spirit of God are the children of God. The spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again, rather the spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.” Nothing can separate you from my love. Not even your lack of motivation. You have no motivation because you do not feel good enough. You are more than good enough. You were perfectly made by me and when I look down at you, I think of how proud I am of your heart.

Throughout the last few weeks of this semester, you will stumble upon speedbumps. But hold the hand of my son Jesus and you will be able to go over that speedbump with ease. Go write that paper, go study for that test, and go get an A in that class. I know you can because I have given you power.

Love,

God

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8 Phases Of Lent As Told By 'Jane The Virgin'

Nobody understands Lent like Jane.

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Every person that participates in Lent knows that there are different phases — almost like the stages of grief. Now that Lent is coming to an end, I wanted to review the challenges we have all faced so far. Easter is just around the corner and we have earned it. Although everyone's Lenten experience may be a bit different, we all know the struggles of giving something up, cheating, remembering to skip the meat on Friday's, etc. The pain is almost over, so enjoy a recap of everything you've been through in the past few weeks. Here are 8 scenes from "Jane the Virgin" that understand your struggles.

1. Thinking of what to give up

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Thinking of what to give up for Lent can be so stressful, especially when your whole family won't stop asking you about it. Leave me alone!

2. Fat Tuesday

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I hope that every Catholic family out there is having a full-out FEAST on Fat Tuesday! Don't worry about your food baby; it's called Fat Tuesday for a reason, right?

3. Getting weird looks on Ash Wednesday

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You just know everyone is looking at you like this when you have that big, black smudge on your forehead. But hey, at least when you pass another ash-covered face you can give each other a solid nod. They know what's up.

4. Cheating

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This is how every Catholic grandma looks at you when they catch you cheating during Lent.

5. Telling yourself you won't cheat again

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You tell yourself, "hey, we can do this, no more cheating during Lent." You are happy and confident.

6. Cheating...again

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Let's face it. It just isn't your year. Don't worry, Lent is almost over and the shame can finally end. Be gone, shame!

7. Eating a fish sandwich for the 100th time

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Fish sandwiches are delicious. That is until you eat one every week for almost 6 weeks.

8. When it's finally Easter

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Lent was long, but the wait was well worth it. Now go have some brunch and hunt for Easter eggs!

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