Ever have someone hurt you, wrongfully accuse you, or bully you? We have all had someone do one, if not more, of these things to us.
Growing up I was definitely not one of the popular kids. I have a raspy voice, I walk a little hunched over, had a lazy eye, and my grades were average at best. I was the kid who was one of the first targets for bullies. I’ve been called Grandpa, hunchback, cross-eye, for eyes, among other things. I would be lying if I didn’t say that these things hurt me and probably helped form me into the person I am today. Looking back to those days I’ve chosen to forgive those who were mean. I can admit it wasn’t easy, but I think the easiest part is that I live a distance from where I grew up so I really don’t see these people anymore. Working in the retail world I can also deal with people who are mean and could be considered bullies. Again it can be hard to forgive and not let it affect me, but when I do struggle I just think of this verse.
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you”
Matthew 5:44 NKJV
Yeshuea Messiah (Jesus Christ) says here in Matthew to bless those who curse you. He also has said to forgive them. Does that make what they did to you or me right? Most certainly not. It just no longer makes what they did continue to control our life. When Yeshuea was betrayed, beaten, ridiculed, and hung on the Cross He didn’t curse those who were doing it, He asked God to forgive them. If Yeshuea can do this while suffering through all that, we can follow suit and forgive those who hurt us. It can and will still be hard at times to do so, but with prayer God will help you to bless and forgive your enemies. God Bless.
Ever wonder if the Sabbath is really suppose to be Sunday for Christians? When people argue and state that it is I tend to hear that it’s because Yeshuea Messiah (Jesus Christ) was resurrected on Sunday. But if you think about it, no where in the New Testament does it say that because of this did God’s Day Of Rest change. I’ve read the Bible several times and have yet to find a verse to support the day change.
Over the past couple years I have begun to learn that if Christians want to truly follow God’s 10 Commandments then we need to go back to worshipping and resting on Saturdays.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Exodus 20:8-11 NKJV
Also when you read the Gospels you read that Yeshuea celebrated all the Jewish celebrations and He even said:
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”
Matthew 5:17-18 NKJV
I will go more into Yeshuea and the Jewish Celebrations in another entry, but I don’t believe that Yeshuea intended for the Sabbath day to change after He rose from the grave. I have learned much more over the past few years about Yeshuea and Jewish Traditions, but this article from Sabbath truth.com is a very well done summary of the Sabbath parts I’ve learned. Click on this link to learn more. God Bless.