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KJV – King James Version – Bible Verse List – Don’t Be Ashamed Of Your Faith

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16, KJV

“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Mark 8:38, KJV

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Romans 1:16, KJV

“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
2 Timothy 1:12, KJV

“For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,”
Hebrews 2:11, KJV

“But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”
Hebrews 11:16, KJV

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A Bloody Showdown Coming To Libya?

As most of you have probably already heard, the violence in Libya and other Arab nations where civil protests first began just over one month ago continues to escalate, with the death toll rising daily in the region.

At this current time, an extremely dangerous situation is developing in Libya, where forty-two year dictator, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, insists that he will go down fighting. Over the past few days, Gaddafi has begun to incite the citizens of Tripoli, and arm his supporters with weapons, for what will undoubtedly be a bloody showdown in the days and weeks ahead. Apparently, Gaddafi has no qualms about setting citizen against citizen, in order to save his own skin.

With much of the country already falling to the resistance, the rebels slowly encircling Tripoli, and some politicians and military men beginning to abandon him, Gaddafi is growing more desperate. He has sworn that he will turn Libya into a hellhole, and that it will become “red with fire”.

As news outlets have been reporting, the protests in Libya are very different compared with those that recently occurred in Tunisia and Egypt. While those two protest movements were non-violent for the most part, the revolution that is now occurring in Libya is a whole different story. Not only are their organizers and leaders older and more experienced than the youthful protesters of Tunisia and Egypt, but the anti-Gaddafi rebels have not hesitated to take up arms, and have even acquired more sophisticated weaponry from the military bases which they have taken over.

To say the least, many Libyan citizens are currently filled with terror and fear, and it is anyone’s guess how the situation will evolve in coming days; but whatever happens, it will no doubt be very ugly and brutal. Just as Gaddafi declared that Libya is not Tunisia or Egypt, in similar fashion, Gaddafi is not Hosni Mubarak or Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. In other words, it appears that he is not going to go quietly into the night. He would rather take down the entire country with him, if need be.

Meanwhile, the violence in Iraq also continues to rise. In the latest incident, early Saturday morning, gunmen attacked Iraq’s largest oil refinery in Beiji, which is located about one hundred and fifty-five miles to the north of Baghdad. An undetermined number of bombs exploded during the attack.

The attack against the Beiji refinery was undoubtedly a very calculated move by anti-government forces, and I strongly suspect that its primary purpose was to further raise the ire of Iraqi citizens, and to widen the divide between Sunnis and Shi’ites in Iraq.

If, as the mass media is reporting, the attack results in long lines at fuel stations, and longer electricity outages, it will severely exasperate Iraqi citizens who are already angry, and running out of patience, as a result of the substandard government services — including very limited electricity service — to which they have been subjected since the American invasion in April of 2003. In other words, if the current situation lasts much longer, it will only fuel the fires of discontent, and possibly result in the eruption of a full-blown Sunni-Shi’ite civil war, which has been simmering for a long time now.

Quite frankly, I suspect that the entire situation in Iraq is purposely being manipulated and controlled. It has been eight long years since the American invasion. While the devastation which resulted from the American attacks was severe by most reports, nevertheless, eight years is still a long time. Why in the world is it taking so long to restore basic services? Is it meant to purposely keep the people weak and divided?

Before concluding this post, I would like to reiterate one final point, and that is this: As outside observers, we need to realize that what is occurring all across North Africa and the Middle East right now is in large part based on sectarian loyalties.

In other words, if you were to take a map of that region of the world, and mark each country based on the religious majority of that nation — that is, Sunni Islam or Shi’a / Shi’ite Islam — and then look at its leadership, you will see exactly what I am talking about.

For example, you will understand why the Saud family of Saudi Arabia supported Hosni Mubarak — they are both Sunnis — while at the same time, Saudi Arabia is at odds with Iran, which is dominated by Shi’ites.

In short, the Sunni-controlled nations support other Sunni nations, while the Shi’ite-controlled nations — such as Iran — support other Shi’ite nations. That is why Iraq is beginning to look more and more like a Shi’ite puppet state of Iran. Former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, was Sunni, while current Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, is Shi’ite. In fact, al-Maliki lived in Iran for eight years during his time of exile when Saddam Hussein was still in power.

Furthermore, you will also come to realize that in a number of countries where protests are now occurring, it is a majority of one branch of Islam, protesting against a government that is controlled by the minority branch of Islam.

So, if you begin to view events in the Arab world through that lens, you will begin to understand a lot more.

I hope that the above information has been helpful to you. Just remember; God is in control of the affairs of men. While He has endowed all of us with free will and personal choice, so that we can determine our own futures, at the same time, He does have an overall plan, and He knows what He is doing, even if we don’t. As the Prophet Isaiah wrote over 2,500 years ago:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9, KJV

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Military Tricks – Is The Game In Egypt Up?

As the Egyptian military slowly “sided” with the Egyptian public, and then ultimately deposed Egyptian “president” Hosni Mubarak by means of a bloodless coup d’etat, I warned that I smelled a rat in the mix. I strongly suggested that the Egyptian military might just be playing a shrewd game of deception.

Now, not even ten days later, it appears that the reservation and caution that was expressed by so many other people like myself, appears to have been fully warranted.

With the mass media’s current emphasis on the ongoing bloody events in Libya, I was wondering what was happening in the other nations where civil unrest has already occurred; that is, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Iraq, Iran and Bahrain. In particular, I have been wondering about Egypt, since the news media has been rather silent.

Well, I was just reading an article in the New York Times entitled “Egyptian Military Forces End to New Protest“, and it seems that we have been given an answer, and it does not appear to be good. The article states in part:

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Tens of thousands of protesters returned Friday to Tahrir Square, the site of demonstrations that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak two weeks ago, to keep up the pressure on Egypt’s military-led transitional government.

But by early Saturday, the military made it clear there would be limits to further dissent as soldiers and plainclothes security officers moved into the square, beating protesters and tearing down their tents, witnesses said.

The first sign of tension arose when hundreds of people rallied in the intersection in front of the prime minister’s office, barred from taking their protest any closer to the ornate building by armored personnel carriers and a line of soldiers armed with Tasers.

. . . in Tahrir about a thousand people began to pitch tents and settle in for the night.

After midnight, soldiers and police officers took over the square.

Salma Said was asleep in a tent when it began to fall down on top of her. Outside people were screaming, and she emerged to see people being beaten by soldiers and armed plainclothes security officers wearing masks.

“They had their faces covered like criminals,” she said, “They only showed their eyes.”

“One of the officers threatened to shoot us and said he was going to set our tent on fire,” she said.

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While all of this has been going on, former “president” Hosni Mubarak has apparently remained holed up in his palace at the resort town of Sharm el-Sheik on the Red Sea coast. At the same time, there have been absolutely no signs whatsoever that his appointed heir — Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq — is going to be forced to step down by the Egyptian military. Furthermore, the thirty-year Emergency Law is still in effect.

So one must wonder, what has really changed, if anything? Yes, we all recognize that any real, meaningful, enduring change requires time to formulate and to put into effect, but is this recognition being used to simply return Egypt to the status quo? What do you think?

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Endtime Prophecy Net Server Was Down

OOPS! . . . It seems that unbeknownst to me, our Endtime Prophecy Net server was down from 5:45 AM this morning — our local time — until about 4:05 PM this afternoon when I was able to get the server back online.

I was sleeping most of that time, after having worked very hard on a new series yesterday, until the wee hours of this morning.

I apologize to anyone who may have been trying to connect to any of our online services during that time. That would include our main Endtime Prophecy Net website, the Endtime Prophecy Net Blog, the EPN Messageboard, the EPN Guestbook, the EPN Chatroom, the Armageddon BBS and the Armageddon FREE Files FreeShare server.

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KJV – King James Version – Bible Verse List – Doctrines and Traditions of the Pharisees

“In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”
Luke 12:1, KJV

“Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”
Matthew 16:6-12, KJV

“Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.”
Matthew 15:1-6, KJV

“He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”
Mark 7:6-13, KJV

Paul’s Warnings :

“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 2:4-5, KJV

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
Colossians 2:8, KJV

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4, KJV

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KJV – King James Version – Bible Verse List – Doctrinal and Spiritual Unity

“. . . Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
Psalms 133:1, KJV

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, KJV

“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are . . . That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
John 17:11, 21-23, KJV

“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
John 10:16, KJV

“That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 15:6, KJV

“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
1 Corinthians 1:10, KJV

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”
2 Corinthians 13:11, KJV

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace . . . That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
Ephesians 4:1-3, 14-16, KJV

“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;”
Philippians 1:27, KJV

“Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”
Philippians 2:2, KJV

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Obama Abandons Support For Defense of Marriage Act

Barely two years in office, and once again President Obama is showing his true colors. As many of you have probably already heard, his legal team has determined that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act — which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages — is unconstitutional. In fact, Obama has directed the US Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court.

Meanwhile, on a personal level, Obama claims that while he supports civil unions — which is just as much a sin in God’s eyes — he is still opposed to same-sex marriage. However, he also continually says that his views are evolving, so who knows what he may decide to do next. Obviously, the gay and lesbian crowd is jubilant, as are antichrists like the ACLU.

While Obama claims to be a Christian, a growing number of his actions and decisions belie that claim. Consider the following:

His administration has lifted the restrictions regarding embryonic stem cell research being financed by federal funds.

His administration fought for the repeal of the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

His administration has loosened some of the rules regarding abortion as it pertains to teenagers.

And now this latest development. Obama is a back-peddler!

I warned my readers about Obama just as he was elected the 44th president of the United States by an electoral vote landslide of 349 to 147 in November of 2008, and everything that I said about him then is just as true today. Obama has brought change alright, but none of it glorifies God or His Word. In fact, his changes defy God’s Laws!

For those of you who may not be fully aware of my position regarding this issue, I encourage you to read my two series “When Sin Is No Longer A Sin!” and “Homosexuality And Lesbianism: To The Point!“.

While these two series haven’t been updated in a number of years, nevertheless, they speak a lot of truth for those who have an ear to hear.

Lord Jesus, please come soon! I want off of this planet!

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Article Update – Love, Mercy, Forgiveness and Chastisement

I am happy to announce the release of a major update of my May 1998 article entitled “Love, Mercy, Forgiveness And Chastisement“. This article has now been reworked and expanded into a four-part series and includes a lot of new Scriptures, about 25% new commentary, better formatting, spelling and grammatical corrections and a new series header.

Please don’t confuse this article update with my recent blog post entitled “Love, Mercy and Forgiveness”. While they deal with the same subject matter, the material that is contained in my February 22nd blog entry is only a very small fraction of the information that can be found in this updated series.

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Love, Mercy, Forgiveness And Chastisement

Below is my usual synopsis of the four-part series:

LOVE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS AND CHASTISEMENT : PART 1

Copyright 1994 – 2011 Endtime Prophecy Net

Published On : May 25, 1998

Last Updated : February 24, 2011

Human Pride, The Unrepentant Sinner, Wicked Heart, Fall Of The Proud, Humbly Confess Our Faults And Errors, A Root Of Bitterness, Forgiving The Unrepentant, The True Test Of Our Christian Love: Loving Our Enemies And Unrepentant Sinners, Defining Word “Offend” In The Scriptures, Endtime Apostasy, Trespass Sin And Missing The Mark, The Four Key Steps Of Forgiveness, Definition Of Genuine Repentance, Faith Backed By Actual Works, Hardened Criminals And The Revolving Door, Confessing Our Sins To One Another, True Love Is Blind And Covers A Multitude Of Sins, Mutual Reconciliation, Failure Of Modern-Day Relationships, Mercy, Reciprocal Forgiveness

LOVE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS AND CHASTISEMENT : PART 2

A Message Designed For Believers, God’s High Standard, Love Is Supposed To Be A Principal Sign Of Our Christian Faith, When Secular Laws And God’s Laws Collide, Backsliding And Christian Counseling, Jesus’ Own Advice Regarding Christian Reconciliation, Building A Strong Scriptural Foundation One Verse At A Time, Our Christian Responsibility Is To Forgive, Life-Changing Power Of Prayer, Pray For Christian Brethren, Forgive And Forget – Easier Said Than Done, Forgiveness Is A Healing Balm, God Will “Forget” Our Transgressions Against Him, “Remember” And “Forget” In The Scriptures, Our Record Is Purged Clean By The Blood Of Jesus Christ, God’s Eternal Record Books, Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet, Fate Of The Unrepentant Sinner, Are You A Stranger And A Foreigner To God Or A Member Of His Royal Household Through Jesus Christ?

LOVE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS AND CHASTISEMENT : PART 3

Treated Like A Publican, Are We Christians Obligated To Pray For Unrepentant Nonbelievers?, Free Will And Personal Choice, Our Primary Duty Is To Pray For Our Own, Unforgivable Sin And Blasphemy Against The Holy Ghost, God’s Holy Spirit Of Truth, God Is Not A Liar, Spirit Of Antichrist, Satan : Blasphemer And Father Of Lies, Blasphemy Of The Beast, Are We Obligated To Forgive When The Offender Doesn’t Demonstrate Repentance?, Civil Capital Punishment System, God’s Laws, Standing Before Judgment Seat Of Christ, Sin Unto Death And Fornication In The Corinthian Church, Committing An Unrepentant Sinner Unto The Lord, Divine Love And Chastisement, Examples Of Apostle Paul And King David, Destruction Of Jerusalem By Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, Prophet Jeremiah’s Trust In God’s Mercy, Peter’s Recognition Of God’s Mercy And Longsuffering, Extreme Cases And God’s Wrath, The Great Flood In The Days Of Noah, Verses Which May Be Dealing With Endtime Fiery Destruction

LOVE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS AND CHASTISEMENT : PART 4

Similarities Between Jeremiah’s Prophecy And The Book Of Revelation, The Cup Of God’s Indignation And The Wrath Of God, Meaning Of The Word “Plead” In The Scriptures, As It Was In The Days Of Noah, Sudden Destruction Of The Wicked, Example Of Sodom And Gomorrah, Destruction By Celestial Fire, Rampant Homosexuality In Our Modern Day, The Apostle Peter’s Description Of The Fiery Destruction Of The Earth And The Heavens, Apostle Paul’s Description Of The Sudden Destruction Of The Wicked, As A Thief In The Night, The Importance Of Discerning The Signs Of The Times, Scoffers Of The Endtime, The Danger Of Harming The Lord’s Children, The Apple Of His Eye, 1 Corinthians 13 – The Love Chapter, A Desperate Need For Love, God Is Our Center Of Gravity, Love Is Both The Royal Law And The Golden Rule, Conclusion

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KJV – King James Version – Bible Verse List – Dependence Upon The Word

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
Proverbs 29:18, KJV

“Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”
Job 23:12, KJV

“More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”
Psalms 19:10, KJV

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Matthew 4:4, KJV

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Romans 10:17, KJV

“BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Psalms 119:9, KJV

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
Psalms 119:11, KJV

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Love, Mercy and Forgiveness

If ever there was a divine litmus test which exposes the sinfulness of our human nature, and reveals how much we each fail to live by God’s Divine Standard, surely it is in the areas of forgiveness, mercy and love. While God commands us to love and to forgive those who offend us, and even to go the extra mile by praying for those who wrong us in some way, our sinful old man of the flesh just doesn’t want to have anything to do with it.

The old man — who is rooted in human pride — doesn’t want to forgive or to forget; and he most certainly doesn’t want to pray for those who have wronged him. In fact, quite often, our old man isn’t happy with anything short of revenge. “Make them pay for what they did to you!” he screams out.

I know that I am not alone when I say that this is a battle which we all constantly face as Christians. We truly want to live by God’s Law of Love, but oh that old man!

Forgiveness does not come easy; and the greater the offense, the more difficult it is for us to forgive; but then we are reminded of what Jesus said in the Gospels:

“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Matthew 6:15, KJV

God couldn’t have placed the bar any higher than that. He set a standard which forces us to learn to forgive, or else.

I know that in my own life, there have been a few incidents where I feel that I have been wronged and treated unfairly. Despite the passage of many years in a few cases, and despite my knowledge of God’s Word, when those bad memories occasionally surge forward in my mind, my evil heart is quick to lash out all over again at those persons who were involved, figuratively speaking. Truly, the Prophet Jeremiah spoke the truth when he wrote:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Jeremiah 17:9, KJV

And, of course, as Jesus Himself said:

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.”
Matthew 15:18-20, KJV

Perhaps it is because to forgive is not a human attribute, but rather a Divine Attribute; and until we have truly been perfected in God’s Love — which oft times means being honest with ourselves, and recognizing our own dismal, sinful condition, and our own need for forgiveness and mercy — we simply do not possess the power to forgive and to love others as we should.

It is a daily uphill battle to live in a Christ-like manner. There are so many things working against us; mainly our own selves. As you may recall, even the Apostle Paul recognized this ongoing battle between the Spirit, and the sinful desires of the flesh. Thus he wrote:

“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
Romans 7:14-25, KJV

So by God’s Grace, through the power of Christ working in us and through us, we will each strive to do better, and to live more like Him.

For a more in-depth look at this topic, please consider reading my article “Love, Mercy, Forgiveness And Chastisement” and related articles.

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