Tear Down the Wall

Tear Down the Wall

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”  Mark 11:25

Forgiveness is an integral part of our relationship with Christ.  The forgiveness of our sins was sealed by the death of Christ on the cross; the ultimate sign of Gods’ love for us (John 15:13).  In the same way that forgiveness brings us into a relationship with Christ, unforgiveness can be a wall keeping us from living the life Christ wants us to live.  Unforgiveness can lead to bitterness and anger toward another person.  Each time you let bitterness in, the wall of unforgiveness is built one brick higher.  Eventually, the wall gets so large that even if you want to forgive and move on, it feels like you can’t.  You see no way around the wall that dominates your emotions.  Jesus says in Mark 11:25, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”  I think as human beings, this is one of the biggest areas of struggle we all face.  Think about the feelings you have when someone has done something to hurt you.  The list of hurts can go on and on.  Eventually, when we move past the hurt, our pride can keep us from forgiving them.  You may feel that it is their responsibility to ask for forgiveness from you.  After all, they are the one who hurt you in the first place.  However, this is not what Christ said.  He says it is our responsibility to forgive them.  Colossians 3:13 and Matthew 6:15 tell us the same thing, forgive others their sins, so that your own can be forgiven.  Is unforgiveness keeping you from living the life Christ wants you to live?  Christ can help you tear down that wall.  Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prater, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  Ask Christ to help you take down the walls of unforgiveness in your life.  He wants to help you remove any obstacles that keeping you from living the life He has planned for you.

 

Change the World

 

Change the World

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring are a reward from Him.”

Psalm 127:3

My son is going to change the world.  I can already see it now.  I see it in the way he sings worship songs in the car.  I see it when he wants to lead others.  I know he is only 4 years old, but I can already tell that God has a plan for his life.  That to me is one of the coolest yet scariest parts of being a father.  God has trusted me to raise my son up in a manner that will point him to Christ so that his life can be used by God.  That is a pretty big challenge.  I know that my son will face many unknown task throughout his life.  I can’t even imagine what he will have to overcome.  Yet as his Dad, I am tasked to prepare him for these challenges.  Even scarier still is that I will be held accountable for him.  Hebrews 13:17 says “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.”  Now part of that verse is for my son, but it’s the second half that gets me. “…Those who must give an account.” I must give an account for my son when I stand before God.  If I stopped here, I would think that all is lost.  How could I, with all of my own faults and short comings, ever lead my son down a path of righteousness?  If I were doing this alone, then the task would be impossible.  I guess it’s a good thing I’m not alone.  I can take comfort knowing that Christ is with me the whole time.  He helps me guide my son.  In fact, my son is a reward from Him.  “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.” (Psalm 127:3) God trusts me enough that He rewarded me with a son.  He actually has rewarded me with two sons!  God must think pretty highly of me to entrust me with their lives.  He knows that I will look to Him for help.  He knows that my goal as Dad is to point them to the life He wants for them.  He knows that I want them to be World changers, that His goals are my goals.  My son is going to change the world.  All I have to do is keep pointing him in the right direction.