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WOW: Forgiveness at its Finest 

I know it’s been a while since I’ve last blogged but I needed to truly be inspired before I put my fingers to the keyboard again. My best blog posts come from random moments of inspiration. With that being said, this past Sunday (Father’s Day) I woke up around 8:20 in the morning to get my daily dose of Lakewood, my home church. Call it what you want, but I believe you don’t have to physically be in church to receive the word, thus I watched from online. Also just a disclaimer, I’m not in any way shape or form trying to push my religious beliefs on anyone, this is just a story of inspiration I received and some words of wisdom that I believe everyone could use in their life.

The sermon was amazing per usual, but there are always those specific sermons where I feel like the pastor is peering into my soul and speaking directly to me. As if he knew I was going to be listening and had a message designed specifically for me. His sermon was entitled: Empty Out The Negative (watch if you’re little heart desires or curiosity strikes). This sermon truly spoke to me, not to go into detail but right now in my life there is a lot going on that has made it all too easy for me to harbor negative feelings within my mind and heart and block forgiveness from entering. This message allowed me to see the error in my ways and literally take steps towards forgiving myself first and others. These are my takeaways from the sermon that helped me take a major step, make an even bigger change and I’d love to share them with you, who knows what they could do for you.

Takeaways:

  • “It’s easy to go through life holding on to things that are weighing us down, guilt, resentment, doubt, worry. The problem is when we allow these things in they’re taking up space for the good things that should be there.” 

  • Your life is like a container. You were created to be filled with joy, peace, confidence, creativity, etc.  But if you allow negativity and unforgiveness in, it pushes out the peace, blessings, and growth you were destined to have.

  • “Reason some people don’t enjoy their lives is that their container and heart is contaminated with so many things.”

  • “You control what’s in your container, what you think about, what you choose to take in.”

  • “They hurt you once, don’t let them continue to hurt you by holding on to the offense. Being offended is not harming them, it’s harming you. It’s taking up space you need for the good things to move you towards your destiny.”

  • “Take inventory of what you’re giving space to.”

  • Empty out the negative: guilt, regret, worry, offenses, questions, etc. Don’t let these things poison your future.

  • The key is to not hold on to the negative it’s not beneficial, not moving you forward, it’s an impurity, you need to release it.

  • “Don’t go through life looking in the rearview mirror, down on yourself, living in regret. You can’t do anything about the past, but you can do something about right now.”

  • “You’re not forgiving for their sake, you’re forgiving for your sake.”

  • “You’re not excusing their behavior, not lessening their offense but removing the poison that’s blocking you from being free.”

  • “You never get over it, but get past it.”

I hope if you decided to watch the sermon or even if you just read through my takeaways that you got something out of it, something that will be beneficial to yourself, life or others and truly see that this is what forgiveness looks like at its finest. And to end this post on an even more positive note, here are some inspiring quotes that I’ve run across on my Tumblr and Instagram timelines, enjoy.

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Continue to experience the Life of Tai in my next post…

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