Radical Grace

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Forgiveness is the key that opens the doors to freedom.

(Listen to my song “Radically Okay” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Luke 6:27-28

Jesus said to his disciples: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

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Following Jesus will make a radical change in your life.

As in today’s scripture verse, he instructs us to do things extremely counter to our usual human response.

It takes a new, transformed mind to be able to love your enemies…a non-dualistic mind that is able to not divide and separate…but instead see all people as brothers and sisters.

We all, in fact, are one. Many have not yet awakened to that reality.

There are no boundaries in the Kingdom of God.

Jesus was saying that all people are one in the Body of Christ. God loves everyone equally as daughters and sons.

There are countless true stories of people who forgave others who were guilty of horrible crimes. That forgiveness in turn helped transform the people who perpetrated the crimes into changed people who ended up doing great things.

There is a saying that refusing to forgive is like drinking poison hoping it hurts the person who wronged you.

Anger and vengeance wrap themselves around you like chains.

By forgiving and loving those who hate you…you end up freeing yourself and allowing God’s love to transform the person who wronged you.

You don’t have to like that person or even be around them if they are a threat to you. But you do have to drop your resentment and wish God’s blessings upon them.

The person you most dislike actually turns into your greatest teacher…the one who instigates your greatest transformation.

God wants that person to know love and to be restored.

You may be God’s instrument in doing it.

So forgive…and while you’re at it…forgive yourself, too. God does.

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Listen to the song of the day “Radically Okay” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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