For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16
O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions. Psalm 104:24
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:20
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Jesus teaches us that there is no greater commandment than to love God with all our heart and to love each other. It took a lot of work for me personally to learn how to do that.
I’ve been a believer for so many years and I carried heathy burden of unforgiveness for years.
I read this Bible verse (Matthew 5:43-48) so many times and, yet, I continued living in pain blaming others for what they had done. Only when I fully grasped the concept of God’s love and His plan for me, was I able to embrace every person from my past and embrace every experience that they had given me.
The truth is, our life journey is always leading us to something new- new knowledge, experiences and new “us”. I believe, we are destined to meet certain people at a different time in our life and, I truly believe, that they will teach us important things that will shape us moving forward.
Therefore, whether the person we meet gives us good or bad experiences- in the end, it’s all good. We grow through pain and we learn how to forgive, accept others for who they are and we also learn a lot about ourselves too.
Once I accepted every person from my past with gratitude and the experience that they had given me as something that I really needed, I became a different person. I really did. I felt like that heavy weight came off my shoulders and peace entered my heart. It felt like I did the right thing. I overcame my pride and opened up my heart to something beautiful and pure.
It only took me 15 years to realize the importance of forgiveness. It’s such an important and challenging step towards our growth.
God is so beautiful and so pure. If we keep looking at Him, He will transform us and make us “new”. He will always give us a chance and we should also give others a chance too. Forgiveness and acceptance brings us closer to God for his is LOVE!
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. “1 John 4:9-11
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ” Romans 8:37-39
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. ” Matthew 5:43-45
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17