John 17:18-As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

On the day Jesus was taken up in the cloud, all of the disciples went their way to preach the gospel just as Jesus instructed them to do. He said He would always be with us even until the end of the age.

We are to do what Jesus said also; every believer. We are not supposed to keep it to ourselves. We are to lead everyone to Jesus who is lost. It can be very hard to do because some people have never heard of Him before, so they may not want to listen to what we have to say about Him and what He did for all of us. There are some who are willing to listen and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The question is this, why is it so hard to share the gospel? I guess it is because of rejection, persecution, redicule, and fear. Christians are persecuted everyday, even on the jobs where we work. We are taken advantage of because of who we serve. I know this for myself because I have been treated like this before, more than once. Some expect us to turn the other cheek, but at times it is hard to do. I for one am the kind of Christian who defends herself. I will not tolerate being disrespected by anyone. If I do not speak up for myself who will? Yes, we are to be peaceable people, but we still cannot let people run over us. Yes, we are to love our enemies and pray for them even though it is hard to do in our own strength. We have to ask Jesus to give us the strength and help us to do it. We have to pray for the just and the unjust. Prayer and forgiveness goes hand in hand.

Before I became a Christian, forgiving others was hard for me. When I became a Christian, I learned that forgiveness was for me so that no one would have power over me. When you forgive someone who has wronged you, you are setting yourself free. You are putting them in God’s hands so He can deal with them Himself. When we forgive others God forgives us, because in order to be forgiven we must forgive.

Jesus said,”Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” He was talking about them and us, and everyone who would ever be born on this earth that is human. We all need forgiveness because not any of us is perfect. We make mistakes every day. We fall short of God’s glory every day. The question is this, will we ever get it right? Even preachers make mistakes. We all need Jesus. It does not matter how long someone has been in ministry, we all need Jesus. No matter how old or young we are, we will always need Jesus.

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