"Before we see the cross as something done for us, we need to see the cross as something done by us" 
- John Stott

I asked him to heal me and feed me without any intention to follow him
I tested his teachings and refused to let go of my beliefs
I expected him to liberate us from the Romans

I betrayed him for 30 pieces of silver
I broke bread with him at his last supper
I fled when the soldiers came to take him
I kissed him to show the soldiers who he was
I took him into custody and brought him before the high priest Caiaphus
I put him on an illegal trial with false witnesses
I brought him to the governor Pilate
I questioned him about the accusations
I brought him to Herod and returned him to Pilate
I let the crowd decide his fate and washed my hands of it
I wanted the liberation of a known murderer instead of his
I sentenced him to death to appease the crowd and my ego

I beat and flogged him multiple times with whips
I spat on him
I made a crown of thorns and placed it harshly on his head
I made him carry his cross up the mount and pushed him to the ground
I put his hands on the cross and nailed him to it
I put his feet together on the wooden block at the base of the cross and nailed them to it
I lifted the cross and slipped it in the hole
I divided his clothes and cast lots for it
I placed a sign above his head 
I give him vinegar to drink
I pierced his side and saw blood and water spill out
I looked on approvingly, content of his death
I mocked his lack of power, even while I was hanging on a cross beside him
I denied ever knowing him, three times
I doubted his messianic claims
I heard him say ridiculous words to his supposed father
I saw him draw his last breath

I took the limp body off the cross
I placed it in a tomb and rolled a massive stone to close it
I guarded the tomb and prevented anyone from reaching it
I kept the empty tomb a secret
I persecuted those who thought he was risen

I was there that first Easter. My sins did all of this. And yet, through faith, His Grace covered me.

- GraceGuy
There are many instances when God is described as a graceful God in the Old Testament. Since it is a common misconception that the Old Testament God is solely a God of Law and Justice, I thought it important to list out all the verses that contradict this notion.

It all started when God showed Himself and described His own characteristics to Moses on Mount Sinai. 

Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, 
- compassionate and gracious, 
- slow to anger, 
- and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; 
- who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, 
- who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; 
- yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, 
- visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations. 
Exodus 34:6-7

This declaration was often repeated by other authors in the Old Testament. Enjoy.

Grace. It's been there since the beginning.
Gift that is undeserved
Love that pays the price
Faith that demands a decision
Justice that is satisfied
Freedom from the slavery of sin
Obedience that remembers the cost
Forgiveness that covers all
Compassion that gets its hands dirty
Light that shows the way
Prayer that is heard
Glory that is cause for praise
Hope that does not fail
Strength that rises to the occasion
Satisfaction that quenches all desires
Blessings that are renewed daily
Riches beyond imagination

- GraceGuy
A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all their time trying to make you look small so they can look tall. 

They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever good enough! 

When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters... 

That's why you have to be careful with whom you share your blessings and your dreams, because some folk can't handle seeing you blessed... 

It's dangerous to be like somebody else... If God wanted you to be like somebody else, He would have given you what He gave them! Right? 

You never know what people have gone through to get what they have... 
The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don't know my story... 
If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too! 

We've all got some haters among us! 

Some people envy you because you can: 
a) Have a relationship with God 
b) Light up a room when you walk in 
c) Start your own business 
d) Tell a man / woman to hit the curb (if he / she isn't about the right thing) 
e) Raise your children without both parent being in the home 

Haters can't stand to see you happy. 
Haters will never want to see you succeed. 

Most of our haters are people who are supposed to be on our side. 

How do you handle your undercover haters? 

You can handle these haters by: 

1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are (VERY IMPORTANT!!) 
2. Having a purpose to your life: 
Purpose does not mean having a job. You can have a job and still be unfulfilled. 
A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be. 
Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you. 
3. By remembering what you have is by divine prerogative and not human manipulation. 

Fulfill your dreams! You only have one life to live...when its your time to leave this earth, you 'want' to be able to say, 'I've lived my life and fulfilled 'my' dreams... Now I'm ready to go HOME! 

When God gives you favor, you can tell your haters, 
'Don't look at me...Look at Who is in charge of me...' 

Pass this to all of your family & friends who you know are not hating on you including the person who sent it to you. If you don't get it back, maybe you called somebody out! Don't worry about it, it's not your problem, it's theirs.. Just pray for them, that their life can be as fulfilled as yours! Watch out for Haters...BUT most of all don't become a HATER! 

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