What are some things that can either help or hinder a Christian’s prayer life? Listen in to find out!
As Christians in the church spend more time with one another, we’ll inevitably rub each other the wrong way. At times, this can be due to the healing process that each Christian is going through, and also as each person goes through their own growing pains. Before we were Christians, we would treat each other badly. But now as we follow Christ, we should examine each complaint against another, and utilize it as an opportunity to grow in God’s grace and to forgive, even as Christ forgave us. These choices will either lead us to Christian growth and maturity with healthy relationships, or to backsliding and bitterness as we destroy our relationships with God and each other. We must put off the old ways, and force ourselves to put on Christlikeness!
The Old Testament gave us a picture of forgiveness of sins, where your sins were sent away when God forgave you. God only forgave sins through the Sin Offering offered up at The Altar, a picture of our Messiah Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. After Jesus died for our sins and was Resurrected, the New Testament letters instruct Christians to now forgive one another, just as Christ forgave us, for now we have a new nature, which is in Christ!
Bitterness is bondage, but forgiveness is freeing! One of Satan’s schemes that he uses constantly and effectively against all Christians is unforgiveness. Why?! Because it works! Life is too short to stay selfish and to stay stuck in pride! Christian, you must study these spiritual war tactics and strategies that Satan has already been using in your life. Forgiveness is the way of Jesus Christ, but unforgiveness is the way of Satan. Will you choose to follow Satan or Jesus Christ?! Choose the freedom of forgiveness through Jesus Christ and finally break free from the bondage of bitterness and unforgiveness!