“21 Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ 22 Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18: 21 – 22 (NKJV) “34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34 (NKJV) ” 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 ‘So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.’ ” Matthew 18: 34 – 35 (NKJV) (I urge you to read the entire parable of Matthew 18: 23 – 35. I did not wish to make the post so long that some may lose interest and stop reading.) All three of the above passages deal with a simple thought: Love as you are loved – forgive as you are forgiven. The first, if taken literally, would mean you could stop forgiving a person after the 490th time. THAT IS NOT WHAT THE MESSAGE IS! The message is to forgive as many times as is needed. This is precisely one of the reasons we need to read and study the entire word of God and not take bits and pieces and try to use it to proclaim the word of God. The second two passages are used to show the same subject and reason, but said in a different way. There are some who say the first is a slight contrdiction to the other two because it gives a precise number of times to forgive. They do not! They amplify and, hopefully, enlarge the understanding of the first. Now,let as look at this in a different way. Let’s remember Christ said to, “love one another; as I have loved you,”. Loving as Christ means to forgive as Christ. When we are forgiven, our sin is cast into the sea of forgetfullness, never to be remembered. The sin is forgotten as if it never happened. In the eyes and mind of God, it never existed. Therefore, if we are to love as Christ loves, we must also forgive as Christ forgives – the sin never existed after the forgiveness is given. Therefore, there can be no “up to seventy times seven.” The next time would always be the first time. Christ loves and forgives regardless of how many times, or how ‘bad’ the sin. As His followers and children of God we must do the same. LOVE AS CHRIST – FORGIVE AS CHRIST! THAT IS CHRIST’S COMMAND TO US!
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I have been asked several times why I choose writing poetry and motivating people. Well, my answer is simple: If you find yourself in my side of life, you'll definitely be grateful about the simple things life offers. You'll come to understand that every single day is an opportunity, and a reason to be grateful. I love what I do not because I generate a flow of income from it, but because in what I do, I can define my life and at the same time give meaning to someone elses life. As a poet my perception to life and the things that happen around me is quite endearing. I see life from the angle of possibilities. "Having overtime understood that drooling over situations never change the results, I choose to be optimistic at all levels and sphere of life." Born into a humble background, where my Destiny helper took the pains of seeing me through school as his last born and integrate me into his blissful family. gave me quite the necessary lessons I needed to become the man I have grown to be. Life is simply amazing when you see situations as a class and a needed lesson. I am simply an observer, I try my best to sketch out my tomorrow from my today's views. As a motivator, I see every experiences as a needed tool to help my friends, acquaintance and the entire society towards making the right choices. When you appreciate the person you have become, you can easily define your life's journey from where you came from, having a clear vision and understanding of your desired destination. Self-discovery means many things. It means finding your purpose in life (we all have a purpose), it means digging deep into your childhood and revealing the experiences that shaped you... good and bad. It means realizing what your beliefs are and living by them. The effects of self-discovery include happiness, fulfillment, clarity and maybe even enlightenment! The journey however is not always an easy road. The journey includes fear, confusion, misunderstanding, doubt and literally re-visiting all your choices in life. I like to refer to it as reshuffling of the mind, your emotions and your surroundings (including the people in your life). It requires making some tough decisions and sticking to them. My journey so far has seen me cut people out of my life. I call them the “takers.” They were takers because I allowed them to be and it wasn’t until I realized that many of these relationships were one-sided — self- discovery — that I decided to cut them out. It has also seen me completely change the course of my life and start to follow my true passion and purpose (poetry and motivation). I have also started to set intentions and no longer have expectations from others — okay... this one is really hard for me and it’s a work in progress — but instead I have started to look within for answers. I’ve had several set backs along the way and I have no doubt I will have many more but, I’m not giving up. What I know for sure is that the journey is worth taking. I am slowly becoming my true self, more aware and more tolerant. I am learning how to pay attention to my feelings and understand myself better. What I know for sure is that I have had several unrealistic expectations, which have set up for disappointment. Apparently because I lie to myself. Why do we do this? Why do we lie to ourselves? And more importantly, why do we allow ourselves to get away with it? When someone else lies to me and I find out about it I freak out. “How dare he lie to me? Does she think I’m stupid?” but, we lie to ourselves profusely and even cover up our own lies by accepting them as truth in order to reassure ourselves that it’s okay!!! What I know for sure is that being true to my feelings and accepting the poet and motivator in me and also acknowledging him as well as validating him has released so much fear in me. It has released my fear of not being good enough as well as my fear of not living up to the expectations I set for myself. What I know for sure is that we are usually our own worst enemy. We hold ourselves back in so many ways and accepting who I am, helps me move away from that pattern. The freedom you will feel within yourself starts when you accept the person you are or have become without being bias. However, the universe will give you back in rewards when your passion and obsession for who you are and what you believe in supercedes the challenges and discouragement that comes from your distrators. View all posts by boazolaosebikan