All posts tagged: Forgiveness

The Four Cardinal Points of a Joyful Life

Life won’t always produce happy moments, but you can decide to be a joyful soul and therefore, live a joyful life. This isn’t easy, but with discipline, you can achieve this lifestyle. Below, are what I believe are the four cardinal points of a joyful life: Love God and Everyone. Including your enemies. How else would you stand out among those who love only the people that love them back? What, then, makes you special or different? Hatred is a lot of work. Don’t waste time plotting against someone who is probably unaware of how you feel when you can spend that time planning a healthy future for yourself, family, ministry/career, and even serving others. Secondly, a personal relationship with God allows an outflow of love to others. It’s impossible to truly love others selflessly without, first, receiving it from God because, the human nature, by itself, is incapable of showing true and sacrificial love. Forgive Everything. The lesson that, you forgive to set yourself free, isn’t new. Besides, like hatred, unforgiveness, anger, and bitterness …

Book Review ~ The Fragrance of Crushed Violets by Cathy Bryant

About the Book What do we do when a loved one, boss, co-worker, friend, or enemy seem determined to bring us down through an attack? How do we handle it when their assault is personal, public, deep, unjust, unfair, and unfounded? Take it one step further. How do we deal with meaningless acts of destruction and death, say in something similar to the Twin Towers incident or a school shooting, especially when the offender shows no remorse? Do we rack it up to “one more senseless act” and chance to think that God somehow messed up? In short, how do we move past the hurt and anger to a place of forgiveness? Join in as we examine relevant scriptures about forgiveness and come away with a more scripturally-accurate understanding of: what forgiveness is and what it isn’t God’s role in the process of forgiveness what Jesus did at the cross for each of us our mandate to forgive as we’ve been forgiven what gets in the way of forgiving others how to truly forgive” Genre …