If you're not much into reading but prefer to listen/watch, here's a 38min message on a similar topic from Brian Johnson. https://youtu.be/FEYhdFKopb0 Here's Part 1 if you missed it Numbing and Avoiding Pain Numbing pain seems like a rational, logical thing to do, I mean most of us don't like physical pain. Most. We dodge... Continue Reading →
One of the biggest lessons God taught me in my 9 months of Bible College (which isn't a subject in school) is about forgiveness particularly as it applies to Christians but also more widely. I think one of the first things He opened my eyes to is the fact any Christian who withholds forgiveness doesn't... Continue Reading →
Here's Part 1 if you missed it! I reckon one of the reasons we don't see forgiveness that way is because we miss one of the main components of forGIVEness. It involves giving! Most of our attitudes towards forgiveness are passive and so we wait to receive an apology so that we can take the... Continue Reading →
Here's Part 2 if you missed it! Unforgiveness is seen as completely justifiable in today's society. We can all probably identify something that is fine not to forgive someone for or at least to delay forgiveness for. Think of a big furry dog covered in mud (weird I know) walking around inside a nice, clean,... Continue Reading →
Here's Part 3 if you missed it! God has been teaching me about the principle of an un-offended heart. This is a heart that regardless of past disappointments and hurts still remains open and bursting with love. The owner of an un-offended heart is not a weak-willed, attention-starved desperate individual but rather a person who is stronger... Continue Reading →
Some very personal and helpful thoughts on Pain and Forgiveness from reallyrealblogger. Have a read.
‘I don’t think I can forgive anymore’ I sobbed as my friend ‘gently insisted’ I go home from work. I had crumpled at my desk overwhelmed with pain and distress. It was about 8 weeks since my friends suicide and and I had just discovered another huge disappointment in my life. Try as I might I could not ‘pull myself together’ to function. My coping facade had truly slipped.
I went to see the doctor. She said I was depressed and offered me anti-depressants. I refused, I was not able to accept her diagnosis ‘I’m just sad because of bad things in my life’. ‘ I will feel better if I can sleep and get rid of this constant headache’. I accepted some non-addictive sleeping meds and pain killers. I got home and sat looking at the meds wondering if they were enough to stop it all. This thought stirred…
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Something breaks and shatters, Cracks and peels In the heart of a man that no longer feels. The cold of his soul Is the chill in his breath Yielding to the touch of death. The flames within are quenched and dim He no longer desires, No longer dreams of greater things That will his strength... Continue Reading →
Instead of presenting written poems today, I've decided to share with you two of my favourite spoken word poets: Ezekiel Azonwu and Jeanette...ikz. Their pieces really speak for themselves so without further a-do... Ezekiel Azonwu - Identity Crisis of a Misfit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glTiXaJubyc Jeanette...ikz - I Will Wait for You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igCj3jsbcqs Ezekiel Azonwu -... Continue Reading →
Sometimes we get hurt and then decide to lock ourselves away so that we can't be hurt again. Here's a little story. Blood runs down his arm from what’s left of the heart he once wore on his sleeve A gentle spirit is now imprisoned in an icy palace of indifference A heart once so... Continue Reading →