What We Should Truly Take From Good Friday

What We Should Truly Take From Good Friday

Jesus' last few words on the cross should have special meaning in our lives

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"Father forgive them for they know not what they do."

These are the words that Jesus cries out on the cross as he awaits his death. He has been brutally beaten, ridiculed by those around him, his hands and feet are impaled to make sure he remains on the cross while the splinters of the wood poke and prod at his skin, and he hangs painfully on the cross with a crown of thorns on his head only to makes matters that much worse.

He is hung on the cross at noon only to suffer and die three hours later at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. After he dies on the cross, he is taken down and put away in a tomb behind a stone. Three days later he resurrects and walks out of that tomb.

The words that Jesus says are ones that have always stuck with me. "Father forgive them for they know not what they do". Jesus is hanging from a cross, dying in one of the most painful ways ever known to man, being betrayed by those around him and still finds so much love in his heart that he offers up a moment of forgiveness for us.

God's forgiveness is the ultimate form of love. God forgives us no matter what we do and forgives us no matter how many times we do something. How many times do people do us wrong in our own lives yet we can't find it in our hearts to forgive them?

How many times do we forgive someone but they make the same mistake at another point and we can't forgive them after that? How many times do we find it in our hearts to forgive someone but even still we can't seem to find a way to repair our relationship with them?

We've all been in this situation whether if we've refused to forgive someone for something that they've done against us or if we do find a way to eventually forgive them but we feel as if things can't get ever go back to being the way they were between us and them. That is the amazing thing about God's love.

He loves us so much that he forgives us when are truly sorry for what we have done wrong for a countless amount of times. In the example of the passion, Jesus forgives us for condemning him to a painful death met by betrayal.

While Jesus forgives us for all of these things, we struggle to forgive people for the simplest of things. When a friend says a harsh word to us after a hard day, when someone excludes us from something, when somebody puts others things or people before us, all of these things and more are things that we can find to be unforgivable due to the fact that we have been hurt in the process. When have we chosen to forgive like Jesus?

Quite honestly it is rare to find moments where we have forgiven as Jesus has forgiven us. When we receive Jesus' true forgiveness, we feel extreme love. Imagine the love that we can show and spread by forgiving others as Jesus has forgiven us.

If Jesus can forgive us after a horrifying death on the cross, then we can forgive others for the small things that come in our lives. This is one of the most important takeaways from Good Friday and something we should implement in our lives every day.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit

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1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay

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Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible

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Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit

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God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others

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We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop

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Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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