#Gafartawa in Hausa means ‘Forgiveness’ – The one that has been ‘forgiven much loveth much; but the one has been forgiven little loveth little’ (Luke 7:47). It is not our ability to love and forgive that proves that we are christians; it is rather the revelation of who Christ is that allows us to love and forgive – Remain blessed in the Lord.
I continue to genuinely maintain that victimisation hashtag movements our young people are being systematically fed is one of the biggest ‘unspoken’ causes of teenage depression here in London. To be fed ‘victimhood’ narratives unknown to many creates another form of pride. When one states that they “have faith in humanity” or “have given up on humanity” they look down upon a humanity that they themselves derive from – thus exhibiting pride.
Furthermore, one will behave like a certain pharisee (in Luke 18.11) saying that “The BIGGEST PROBLEMS in this world is OTHERS. ” But the sign that one is saved is to say in response like the Tax Collector did within the same script (in Luke 18.13) that “NO. The BIGGEST PROBLEM in this world is not them but ME. LORD HAVE MERCY ON ME A SINNER.”
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Now please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying; we as a humanity have not been promised a life without hearing dreadful news about the state of our sinful human nature nor have we been promised a life without receiving trials, depression and difficulties – but we have been promised that in amidst of these intense physical and circumstancial difficulties – He is there with us (Psalm 27.10). The Gospel message tells us that we are not VICTIMS deserving of HEAVEN but SINNERS deserving of HELL. Even at the height of mankind’s evil, God is sovereign and His Presence is the Best Place for out souls to be (Psalms 16.11) Feelings of depression can often be solved when those suffering with depression move the focus from themselves to Christ and others.
The Bible tells us that God will never allow temptations into our lives that are too much for us to handle (1 Cor 10.13) whereas the world says that the trials and temptations one has faced warrants intense counselling, emotional support and even a clinical admittance that one cannot bear it.
The Bible tells us to be filled with joy and praise and to delight ourselves in the greatest Gift that God has given us: Himself!!! (Psalms 37.4; Philippians 4:4; Romans 15:11), so God apparently intends for us all to live joyful lives whereas the world says: Eat, Drink and Consume yourself with the ill affairs of our own lives and the lives of those around you. If you are young and are not angry about something, depressed about something or blaming someone about something – “YOU’RE NOT NORMAL” (so the world says).
The emotional romanticisation and ‘need for self esteem’ narratives our youth are being fed can only lead to a blame culture where everyone else is responsible or has contributed to the depression in our lives and not ourselves. The height of this depression is reached when we no longer blame others but warrant ourselves as SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for the sin in our life. This shift (moving from emotionally blaming others to blaming self) usually takes place at a later age.
Whilst I believe it is the truth that the biggest sin in everyone’s life is not what happened to them in their childhood or what happened to their ancestors hundreds of years ago or what happened whilst they were growing up but their OWN HEART. Please remember that God wants us in a state where we acknowledge our own fallenness and shortcomings. But it is so important that we do not take this attitude to the world but to The Lord. Let us remember that worldly sorrow leads to death but Godly sorrow leads to repentance that leads to true salvation. Hell Deserving Sinners who see themselves as victims will BLAME. But Hell Deserving Sinners who by God’s Grace see themselves as SINNERS will repent.
Let us as christians be careful not to walk past people who are living in burning buildings shouting for help by telling them the solutions are worldly sorrows but by telling them to put their faith and trust in The Lord. Everything on this heaven and earth will pass away; but the Word of God will remain standing.
Let us pray that God will allow the Gospel message will be shared through our lives.
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