We Live, We Learn, We Love

IMG_8375I didn’t think I had to apply this “70×7” rule so much in my life as I do now. This year has definitely been somewhat trying for me. I am living through the various and sudden changes. I am learning that I need to do things better and that ultimately I have to find a way to love more.

Peter came up to the Lord and asked, “How many times should I forgive someone who does something wrong to me? Is seven times enough?” Jesus answered:
Not just seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Matthew 18:21-22 Contemporary English Version

I think we are always going to have adversity.

I have to practice self control, integrity, right words, right living.

I have to be careful of what I am saying and practicing daily.

What I say, how I say it and who I say it to.

I deeply want to improve in this area. I don’t want to be the cause of quarrels, contentions and anger.

I want people to be at peace.
I want to be at peace.
I want to sleep well, do well & live well.

Sometimes we try to keep things together and they end up falling apart anyway. They could be meant to be apart.

The chips fall where they may. It may be better to leave it then to keep trying to mend the un-mendable.

God does all that. I am not Him. He is sovereign.

Imitate Christ ….

Up to 70×7, an infinite number.

Forgive them.

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.
Luke 23:34

Sometimes i feel like I am being divided. That things around me get divided. People get divided. Our trust, hope and love gets divided.

Because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:16

Avoid strife, contention or any troubles that I myself can cause.

“But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.”
2 Timothy 2:23

It is not so much as them.
All this begins with me.
And can end with me.
Closing chapters in my life.
I keep opening closed doors;
Slammed doors.
Broken doors.
Flawed doors.
Places I don’t have to revisit.
I just want PEACE.
To live a peaceable life, with all.

I can try to do that but that doesn’t mean that will always happen.
I should not have gotten upset. We all get upset, frustrated and angry in someway. Every single one of us. Then we feel bad afterwards.
I could have handled these types of situations much better.
They could be avoided.
Then perhaps some are inevitable.
I don’t have to go there if I choose right.
Sorry for all of this.
Starts with me.

About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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