Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Luke 23:34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

We must remain in a constant state of forgiveness because others inflict wounds upon us and our heart remains torn. When we repent, we expose our wounded heart to Christ. In His great compassion, once we show Him how much our heart is hurting, He begins healing us with His love. When Christ calls us to turn away, He is calling us to turn away, not just from our sins, but also turn away from the effects of the sins of others. No matter what happens to us, no matter how much pain is put upon us by life or by others, we must still turn away from the darkness. Turning away for some people is a once in a lifetime event. However, for most of us, especially those of us who live in pain, turning away is a daily requirement. Some wounds and scars upon the heart are so deep a lifetime of daily turning away may be required. Repentance for some persons may take the form of a daily battle against the powers, forces, and evil spirits inhabiting the world. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Some have sinned because of the hurt, degradation, and violation of the heart, mind, and body by the pain put upon them by others. When we repent, we must turn away from our sin. We must also turn away from the pain caused by the sin done to us.

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