“Am I proof that YOU are who YOU say you are? That grace can really change our heart? Do I live like your love is true? People pass and even if they don’t know my name, is there evidence that I’ve been changed? When they see me do they see YOU?”-Sidewalk Prophets in Live like That.
In the previous post, we ventured mostly on the nature of salt, here are a few thoughts on going practical on ‘saltiness’.
Please go through Matthew chapter 5- 7 before or after reading the post (preferably before) 🙂
Real forgiveness means looking steadily at the sin, the sin that is left over without any excuse, after all allowances have been made, and seeing it in all its horror, dirt, meanness, and malice, and nevertheless being wholly reconciled to the man who had done it. That, and only that, is forgiveness, and that we can always have from God if we ask it.-C.S. Lewis.
Forgiving is considered a tedious and difficult process. Heart wrenching in fact. I do not dissent. It sure does involve a lot of hurt, pain and courage. Jesus when Peter asked of Him in the book of Matthew 18: 21-22 how many times we are to forgive, He said seventy seven times. Jesus at the place called skull, crucified among thieves, in pain cried out,” Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” To the very inflicters of His pain. (Luke 23:33-34). Then Jesus says in Luke 17:3-4
Pay attention and always be on your guard [looking out for one another}. If your brother sins (misses the mark), solemnly tell him so and reprove him, and if he repents (feels sorry for having sinned), forgive him. And even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and turns to you seven times and says, I repent[I am sorry], you must forgive him( give up resentment and consider the offense as recalled and annulled). –Amplified Bible.
We have the assurance that we acquire the nature of Christ when we get saved (2nd Corinthians 5:17), and Christ is as forgiving as it can get. Ours is to look to Him to help us forgive. As long as we are alive we should be ready to forgive over and over again. Forgiving each other as Christ forgave us. This means being ready to forgive the inexcusable. It means letting go of the hurt and embracing the person who hurt you. It also means letting go of the desire to payback, the desire of ill will towards the offender. Before we can even begin to forgive largely we need to take it a day at a time. I find that the hardest things to let go of are the consistent provocations of daily life. To keep forgiving the rude neighbor, the bullying mother-in-law, the unaccommodating friend, the stingy brother and deceitful child.
Jesus Christ is our model, we need to look to Him to find the strength to forgive. Once we are able to keep forgiving the provocations of daily life we can be able to overcome the abusive husband, the cruel rapist, the unfaithful wife, the absent parent and selfish daughter. I do not mean to belittle the extent of hurt am simply saying as the salt of the earth we can let go, embrace and love our offenders. It is nearly impossible to be a forgiving person until one finds themselves a forgiven person. (Matthew 18:23-34).
As the salt of the Earth can you dare to venture out and ask God to gift you with forgiving spirits? Can you be courageous enough to forgive and ask for forgiveness? Can you task yourself to learn how to forgive your daily offenders?
Be careful little lips what you say. For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray-casting crowns.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Language and communication are God’s invention. He intended we speak life, that our mouths be a fountain of life. This means;
1. Feeding others ( The lips of the righteous feed many but fools die for lack of sense-Proverbs 10:21)
2. Healing ( There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise bring healing-Proverbs 12:18)
3. Delivering ( The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright deliver them- Proverbs 12:6)
The mouth is a fountain of life because it feeds, heals and protects. Do we consistently talk about other people’s misgivings or continually remind people of their weakness? Are we rash with our words or lash out harsh words when offended? Is there too much starving, wounding and attacking in our words? If the answer to these questions is yes, it comes far too naturally. The bible says’ out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks’. This means living on God as our abundance and treasure. We seek our joy and hope in other things and our mouth bears witness of this. Return with me to the ultimate and supreme and speak life .
As the salt of the Earth, does your mouth usually feed people with truth and substance? Does your mouth usually heal with words of grace, love and kindness? Does your mouth usually deliver and protect people? Do the words from your mouth deliver grace?
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear – NKJV.
THE INTRINSIC COMMANDMENT
They will know us by our love not by our celebrities-Beautiful Eulogy.
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all you heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.-NKJV
Self-love is the deep longing to diminish pain and increase happiness. Self-love is not something we are taught. It comes naturally. It’s a human trait. Self-love is what drives man to want clothes for himself, food on the table, friends to like him, meaningful activity in his days, protection from danger and for life to matter among other things. Self-love is what Jesus compared the love we are to have for our neighbors with. We are to want food on the table for them, clothes for them, be friends to them or desire that their life count. We are to make our self-seeking the measure of our self-giving. This means we are not only seeking for our neighbors what we want but in the same manner-the same energy, zeal, perseverance and creativity. It feels almost impossible…that I can want the very things I want for myself for another person and seek them in the same manner for both of us. It’s crazy.
The first commandment is the basis of the second one. This means that before we make our self-seeking the measure of our self-giving, we ought to make God the focus of our self-seeking. This means finding satisfaction in God that fills up our every being. Finding a meaning in God so rich that it covers every aching core of our soul. It means finding insight in God that satisfies all we are meant to be .it means taking our self-love and focusing it on God until He satisfies our heart, soul and mind. It means that all the longings for ourselves will be found in Him. That our self-love will discover fulfillment in God’s love and in turn overflow and extend itself to our neighbors.
As the salt of the Earth can we truly seek God-love for our neighbors? Can our lives be the proof of God’s love?
As the salt of the Earth we are needed to bring balance and hope to an otherwise dying world. One of the important characters of salt is that it doesn’t bring attention to itself. When put in food it doesn’t suddenly turn the food blue or black. It quietly undertakes it purpose. As we venture to be more salty, my prayer is that it will be for Gods glory and fame. God loves you.
Check out Proof of your love-For King and Country, Slow fade-Casting Crowns, Live like that-Side walk Prophets, Exile dial tone-Beautiful Eulogy, Speak Life-Toby Mac and From the inside out-Hillsong.