Faith…Compassion

“So then, in everything treat others the same way you want them to treat you, for this is [the essence of] the Law and the [writings of the] Prophets.” – Matthew 7:12 (AMP)

If you’ve lived on earth long enough then you have judged someone based on your own preconceived ideas of what that someone of a particular skin color, gender, clothing, and or how they talk, etc. I am very guilty of that myself.

Stereotypes, in my humble opinion, are the major cause of hatred, bigotry, and prejudice that plague our society. A black teen gets shot for being black and wearing a hoodie, a blond haired woman is assumed to be ditsy and unintelligent, and most recently, people of Asian decent are blamed, attacked and killed due to the Covdid19 Pandemic.

When I was in middle school I heard some really mean things said about Hattians. As a result I thought that all Hattians were poor and stupid. However, that all changed when I started interacting with Hattians and got to know them for myself. As of today some of my best relationships are with people of Hattians decent. They are some of the most real, loyal, and beautiful people I know.

What does Faith have to do with compassion? In order to have compassion you must give people you know nothing about the benefit of the doubt that you have against them. If you don’t like a certain group of people or person for whatever the reason, do something different. Do not put your myopic, erroneous and stereotypical views on them. Seek to know, to understand and to have compassion on them.

This is what Jesus did for you. Pay it forward. Show compassion. Hate evil. Love people.

“So then, in everything treat others the same way you want them to treat you, for this is [the essence of] the Law and the [writings of the] Prophets.” – Matthew 7:12 (AMP)

Faith….Forgiveness

“In order to forgive and be forgiven, we must have faith.”

Forgiveness

F – Free for us: Forgiveness is free because of the death of Jesus Christ: Romans 8:32

O – Obedient:  God commands us to forgive so that we may be forgiven: Matthew 6:15

R – Releasing: When we forgive we release the hurt that others have caused us

G – Generous: We should always forgive seventy times seven: Matthew 18:21-35

I – Inclusive: Everybody is able to forgive and receive forgiveness

V – Valuable: Forgiveness cost God the Father the death of His Only Son

E – Excellent: When we forgive and are forgiven we are able to reach our highest potential

N – Necessary: We cannot be healed without forgiving and being forgiven

S – Soothing: The cup of forgiveness tastes very good and it heals and soothes our broken hearts

S – Salvation: Because Yeshua Elohim forgave us, all who accept His forgiveness will be saved into Eternal Life.

How does forgiveness relate to Faith? The only way to achieve true forgiveness is to be connected to the Forgiver, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In order to be connected to Him you must believe that He exists, died for our sins, brought Himself back to life, and is in Heaven connecting us back to the Heavenly Father.

“In order to forgive and be forgiven, we must have faith.”