QUOTE OF THE DAY: “YOU ONLY MAKE MISTAKES, MISTAKES DO NOT MAKE YOU”
Memory Verse: “I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you” Luke 15:18.
One of the biggest mistakes anyone can make is to confuse behaviour with self, to conclude that because we did certain things, it characterizes us as such a person. It is helpful and realistic to think of your mistakes in terms of what you did or did not do, rather than in terms of what the mistakes made you. For example, to say ‘I failed’ is to recognize an error and can help lead to future success. Continue reading
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “THE CRITIC WITHIN IS MORE POWERFUL THAN THE CRITICS WITHOUT”
Memory Verse: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1.
Not only do you incur emotional wounds from others; you inflict them on yourself. How? Through self-condemnation, remorse, regret on what you cannot redress, self-doubt and excessive guilt. Remorse and regret are attempts to emotionally live in the past, while excessive guilt is an attempt to make right in the past something we did wrong or thought of as wrong in the past. Since you cannot live in the past, we cannot appropriately react emotionally to the past. The most important thing is our present direction and our present goal. That was the reason Paul the Apostle said, ‘one thing I do, forgetting the past…’ Philippians 3:13. Continue reading
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “AS LONG AS WE CAN CONDEMN OTHERS, WE WILL ALWAYS FEEL SUPERIOR TO THEM”
Memory Verse: “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin” John 8:11.
Total forgiveness is not a difficult thing, what makes it seems so difficult is your willingness to give up and overcome your sense of condemnation. Willingness to cancel out the debt without mental reservations. If it appears difficult, the reasons are: we derive a perversed enjoyment out of nursing our wounds; as long as we can condemn others, we will always feel superior to them; and lastly we also derive a perversed sense of satisfaction in feeling sorry for ourselves. Continue reading