Christ loves us. A degenerate race of selfish entities granted eternal life by the blood of Jesus. The blood spilled because of us is the blood that was spilled for us.
I wanted to preface the post with this fundamental truth as a beautiful reminder of what matters most.
Several of those who follow(ed) Real as the Streets brought to my attention that I’m not a good example for Christianity.
I’m afraid that’s true.
I’m not a good example. In fact, I’m not an example at all.
I’m just a sinner with a blog and no spiritually redeeming qualities outside of my faith in Christ.
Historically, special estates are given names. For example:
- Satis House (Great Expectations, Charles Dickens)
- Grey Gardens (Long Island home of the Bouvier Beales)
- The White House (Home of the United States President)
Much like a boat or a child, naming something makes it unique and set apart. Now that I’ve officially been a homeowner for two months (yay!), I want to name my house.
I woke up wondering what I could call this humble abode. This place that saved me from an single room apartment on the wrong side of town.
As I was researching ideas to revamp old patio furniture and upcycle items, it came to me. My home is where I:
It’s almost the one year anniversary of the biggest mistake I never made. Around this time last year, I had a bottle of cheap wine in one hand and a bottle of sleeping pills in the other. My go-to coping cocktail. Why?
Because 2015 was the worst year of my life. I systematically lost everything I valued until there was nothing left for me to cling to.
I did my Bible study on forgiveness. Christianity and forgiveness are synonymous in a way. After all, being Christian means acknowledging we have been forgiven through Christ.
It’s easy to go around being happy that I’ve been forgiven for my sins. When it comes time for me to share the love and forgive others for their sins against me… well, that’s a different story altogether, isn’t it?
I’ve been working on my anger. Thanks to the Bible, prayers, and healthy temper management techniques, I’ve seen some progress.
However, the Lord made it clear to me that I can’t treat the symptom and ignore the cause. Being angry at someone is the result of being unable to forgive.
So next time you find yourself all angry and upset at someone, keep in mind that you could forgive or you could choose not to forgive… then end up bitter and angry, which isn’t as fun as you’d think.
Forgiveness is an absolute necessity when it comes to obtaining and maintaining happiness.