Those who come to God for the forgiveness of their sins must first believe that he is a God who forgives sin. He does not hold back from us because we have sinned against him rather he reaches out to his children with mercy and compassion in his heart. God is not petty and he does not keep scores with anybody. He is love and he does not keep records of wrongdoings. He searches much deeper within the hearts of men and he measures our motives more than our actions. He is compassionate and attentive to those seeking the forgiveness of their sins genuinely. He is full of mercy and he does not like the death of sinners. He is willing to forgive your sins and my sins for as long as we come to him with a genuine repentance in our heart. Continue reading “Seek Forgiveness from God”
Jesus said, “Let him who hath no sin cast the first stone”.
The ultimate goal in life is not to keep records of wrongdoings nor to pay back those who offend us with evil nor to hold on to our hurts for a long period but the goal in life is to be Christ-like; to not make a mountain out of a molehill, to let go and let God, to have a forgiving spirit, live in perpetual forgiveness and to forgive our offenders even before they offend us. This is exactly what Jesus meant when he said to forgive seventy times seven in a day; do not hold grudges against anybody, choose to forgive before anybody offends you, bear with others, put yourself in the other people’s shoes and be really patient with them especially when they get things wrong. Continue reading “Have a Heart of Forgiveness”
Christians sometimes struggle with forgiveness and repentance. When we get hurt, we want immediate justice and vengeance. And when we hurt other people’s feelings, we find it hard to swallow our pride, reflect upon our actions, accept our faults, repent from our sins and make amends where necessary. Instead of fighting for peace, we pursue deceit and end up being defeated. Instead of letting go and letting God fight the battle, we allow the flesh to rule and lead us into taking matters into our own hands and taking vengeance whenever we can. Continue reading “Repent and Pray for Forgiveness When You Hurt Someone”
Time they say heal wounds but Christ is the true healer. One day I was praying for healing in my body and the Holy Spirit directed me to pray with a particular scripture; “He bared my grief, he carried my sorrow” Isaiah 53:4.
To have a deeper understanding of what I was praying, I quickly checked the dictionary meaning of grief. Grief means a lot of things but some of its meaning that stood out for me are; sorrow, misery, sadness, anguish, pain, distress, agony, torment, affliction, suffering, heartache, heartbreak, broken-heartedness, heaviness of heart, woe, desolation, despondency, dejection, despair, angst, mortification; mourning, mournfulness, bereavement, lamentation, lament; remorse, regret.
I realized the prompt from the Holy Spirit so I prayed. The more I prayed, the more freedom and healing I received in my body. Though I wanted healing for my body, the root cause of my pain was deeply embedded in my mind and God was reaching out to me for total healing. Christ already carried my sorrow and bare my grief. I no longer needed to carry the heavy burden, the grief, pains of the past, painful regrets and the occasional sorrow in my heart. For my healing to be complete inside out, I had to release my pains to Christ and let go of painful regrets.
Many years after my heartbreak, I would often travel back in time and remembered the heartache. I would often wished that I had not made that mistake in my life. But little did I know that each time I remembered the grief I carried, it registered in my memory and it released unpleasant toxins in my body making me ill. It turned out that though I had forgiven this person and moved on in life, I still carried the pain, the grief and the heartache of the past in my my heart.
The more I prayed, God opened my eyes to see what Jesus had done for me on the cross instead of what I had suffered in the hands of his creation. Though I was praying for healing in my body, God wanted to heal me inside-out. Christ wanted me to reach out for complete healing and total restoration.
Most people have done something that caused them painful regrets. Some people have suffered some form of disgrace or shame that caused them to lose faith in themselves and in people? Some people have haunted memories of the past which may be blocking their healing. Some people still suffer from such condemnation that they just cannot bear to look at themselves in the mirror. Some people have allowed errors of their way to chase them into oblivion where they should have been shinning lights. The Bible says that you no longer need to hang on to those painful memories.
Jesus said, come unto me all you are weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. You can receive your rest from past mistakes, you can receive a total freedom from painful memories. You can receive a complete healing from griefs and sorrows of the heart. All you need to do is to release all to Jesus and accept that which he already did for you. When regrets, shame and disgrace are not dealt with properly, it leads to terrible decision making which can jeopardize the future.
Judas Iscariot suffered such painful regret after his betrayal to Jesus. He was the treasurer of the group (John 12:6). Though he dined and wined with Jesus, the state of his heart was greediness. (Matthew 26:23-25). He knew more about Jesus than the outsiders. He even knew so much about Jesus that he was willing to point him out to the chief priests (Mathew 26:14-15, 47-49). The state of his mind pushed him to commit such an atrocity that pushed him to betray an innocent blood (Mathew 27:3-5). When he realized the error of his way, he tried to rectify it. He was gripped with so much remorse that he returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying; ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood’. After the deed was done, he went on and hung himself. The state of his heart with its painful regret sent him to an early grave.
“The state of your mind always prepares you for life’s trials”. Agu Irukwu. The state of Judas Iscariot’s mind did not prepare him for the aftermath effect of his action, rather it destroyed him. You can prepare your mind to develop you and make you stronger for life’s many trials. When God reached out to the state of mind, I had to let go in order to receive my healing. I realized that Jesus had a really good experience of being rejected for my sake, I no longer need to go through painful memories.
You are in Christ now, there is no longer any condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). You do not have to make any decision you might later regret due to a heartache. You do not have to wallow in those terrible or horrible memories either. You do not have to drown yourself in self pity. You can bounce back from your past by keeping a check on the state of your mind and by giving up those issues to Jesus.
Why not forgive that person? Most importantly forgive yourself? You need to search within, let go and let God.
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Telling lies and being deceitful is a plague many people suffer. Call it a white lie or a dark lie, a lie is still a lie and it is one of the detestable sins before God(Proverbs 6:16-19). It wearies the soul, hurts those we love and slowly eats at our flesh. Once lies and deceits have their claws sunk into the human mind, it is difficult for the tongue to regain its freedom.
Nobody who tells lies will enter heaven(Revelation 21:8, Revelation 21:27,1 Corinthians 6:9-11) unless you ask for forgiveness and you repent of telling lies. Sin hurts us and separates us from God. When we sin, we die a slow death physically and spiritually. You may be suffering from this plague of telling lies and being deceitful. You can ask God for the forgiveness of your sin, repent of this detestable sin, turn away from lying and deception and God will write your name in the book of life.
Prayer of Forgiveness for Telling Lies and Being Deceitful
Dear God, Forgive me for ever telling lies and being deceitful to people and most importantly to those I love.
My heart is heavy and my conscience is filled with guilt.
I know if I do not confess and repent of my sins you will not hear me.
The Bible says that telling lies and being deceitful is one of the detestable sins before you
Also, one of your commandments say that we should not tell lies (Leviticus 19:11) but I have been disobedient and my conscience is filled with guilt, please forgive me..
I come before you in the name of Jesus and ask for the forgiveness of my sins. Forgive me for all the lies I have ever told anybody.
Forgive me for hiding my sins from you and covering up with excuses thereby grieving the Holy Spirit whom you sent to be my guide and comforter.
Forgive me also for the lies I tell myself thereby opening the doors for the devil to attack my mind and body.
Teach me to speak the truth always and to give honest answer at all times
I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Forgive me for being deceitful in my words and in actions.
I know through your word that nobody who is deceitful will dwell in your house or stand in your presence. Psalm 101:7
I know you destroy those who tell lies and you hate those who are deceitful
Forgive me for hating and hurting others with lies. Proverbs 26:28
Deliver me from telling lies, it wearies my soul and puts me in trouble. Proverbs 17:20, Jeremiah 9:5
Dear God, teach me to speak the truth always. Help me to be honest at all times. Proverbs 24:26
Keep falsehood and lies far from me. Proverbs 30:7, 8
Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law. Psalm 119:29
Keep my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking lies that I may see many good days. Psalm 34:12-13
Help me to hate deceits and falsehood but to love your law. Psalm 119:163
Establish the truth on my lips and let it endure forever. Proverbs 12:19
This I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.