Tag Archive | forgiveness

Great Lines From Movies: Batman Begins

                                            My family was captivated by Batman Begins the summer it came out.  We saw it several times in the theatre and over and again at home.  There are some great lines in this film.  Like  this one at the beginning….

Here’s the set-up: Young Bruce Wayne is being carried by his kindly father, Dr. Wayne,  into their mansion, Wayne manor.  The family’s faithful butler, Alfred, follows close beside.  Bruce has just been rescued by his father from an old well on the family’s estate, into which Bruce had  fallen and been terrorized by a swarm of bats (precursor to his future Batman identity).

As they enter the mansion, Dr. Wayne  asks his son, whose arm is broken,  “Why do we fall, Bruce?” Dramatic music builds as  the father answers his own question, “So we can learn to pick ourselves up again.”

I can identify with that line.  Why?  Because I “fall” pretty much every day, so I’ve had lots of lessons picking myself up again.

Do you know how to pick yourself up, Christian?

First Aid Tips:

  1. Admit when you’ve fallen: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9  Someone said, “Keep a short account with the Lord.”  In other words, don’t build up a long list of sins to confess later with some lame “I’m-sorry-I sinned” prayer.  Be quick to confess, and specific about what you’re confessing.  Does that make sense?
  2. Make level paths for your feet:  This insures against another fall.  In other words, don’t put obstacles — temptations — in your way.   

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for  us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who, for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God…Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. ‘Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.’ ”  Hebrews 12:1-2, 12-13

Follow these tips, and, when you’ve fallen, you can pick yourself back up.  You can comb your hair, and go on. 🙂

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Bitter roots…

“…looking carefully…lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled…” Hebrews 12:15 NKJVWeeds… the gardner’s nemesis.  They spring up swiftly in the garden.  Sure, they look innocent enough at first.  Some even have pretty flowers, but, left unattended, weeds soon will overshadow all the lovely and beautiful plants around them.   Weeds “defile” the garden.

Unforgiveness is a weed in our souls.  It’s a bitter root that will “cause trouble”.  It will overshadow all our lovely and beautiful traits.  We need to pull it out right at the beginning  before the bitter root defiles (sullies, dirties, mucks up) our relationships.

“We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies.” ~ Voltaire

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.” Luke 11:4

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”  Colossians 3:13

Forgive…Have you met the One who has forgiven you?  Click on his name for a short video that explains how you can meet Him:   Jesus

Gettin’ Milk? II

Gettin’ Milk?  The milk of the Word, that is Emos andy pic 2“…like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation..”   1Peter 2:2 NASB

Get ready to take a big gulp of forgiveness

Have you ever felt this way? ~” For I am ready to fall, and my sorrow is continually before me…I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin…”   Psalm 38:17-18

Do you feel like you’ve gone too far?  Done too much to be forgiven?  Jesus says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus understands you.  He’s not an ogre.  He sympathizes.  ~ “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One (Jesus) who has been tempted in all things as {we are, yet} without sin.  Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:15-16

So, come to the throne of grace and mercy ~ “….if you confess with your mouth Jesus {as} Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;  for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.  For the scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”  Hebrews 10:9-10

Do you need forgiveness?  Ask Him.  Do you believe in Him?  Tell Him.

If you have any questions, click here for answers.