Forgiveness Matters

By Tafadzwa Hove

25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. Mark 11:25-26

Forgiveness is at the centre of Christianity. Jesus forgave us our sins by  going  on the cross on our behalf. Jesus here emphasised on the importance of forgiving others so that when we pray ,our Father in heaven would hear us! Just imagine praying to God with offences ,grudges ,jealousy etc in your heart. Our God is holy so he requires us to also come to Him with pure hearts. Hearts which are free from offences and grudges . The state of your heart when approaching God matters.

We need to forgive because we all need to be forgiven. We need to forgive because no one is perfect on this earth. Perfect people do not exist on this earth. We need to forgive because we all make mistakes. No one is without his or her own flaws. We need to forgive so that we could live peacefully in our society. God is the peacemaker so we ought to be also like him. We need to forgive each other even if we don’t share same sentiments and faith.

Let’s forgive each other!

Love is life, life is love

By Tafadzwa Hove

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Nothing would please God more than showing love to those who are sick and in need, especially to strangers. Obeying God’s commands (loving our neighbors as ourselves, loving one another) is the only way to show that we love Him.

We should always aim to seek out those languishing on sickbeds and not only show love to them through giving but also to nurture genuine friendship with them.

There is need to demonstrate love for God, which requires us to help those in need at all times, whether or not we know them. Love is the greatest.

Don’t look back

By Tafadzwa Hove

In life we should always strive to look forward and avoid the trap of looking back. When we face life’s uncertainties we tend to blame our family background, poor education, economic crisis in our nation and some unfavourable circumstances taking place around us. Why do we forget what the Word of God says in Isaiah 43:19 which says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs forth, shall you not see it? I am making a way in the wilderness, and a river in the desert?.”In other words, you can only look forward by depending on the Word of God.

Avoid the trap of looking back unless it is to glorify God for what He did for you in the past. Upon all the promises of salvation Lot’s wife had received,she looked back hence she became a pillar of salt. Do you see the snare of looking back?

Satan can only manipulate us when we look back. He is in the past.Satan discusses our past because that is the only information he has about us. In other words, the devil is the past whilst Christ is the future. Therefore as children of God, we cannot look at two directions at the same time. NO! That is why we fail sometimes. Right now Jesus is calling you to look forward to Him and discover new strength, new courage. Discovery is for forward lookers, not for those who only think about the past. It is by looking forward that you discover new things, new horizons and new opportunities that you would not have ordinarily dreamt of.

Look forward to Jesus today the only one who discusses our future.

Love is life, life is love

By Tafadzwa Hove

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Nothing would please God more than showing love to those who are sick and in need, especially to strangers. Obeying God’s commands (loving our neighbors as ourselves, loving one another) is the only way to show that we love Him.

We should always aim to seek out those languishing on sickbeds and not only show love to them through giving but also to nurture genuine friendship with them.

There is need to demonstrate love for God, which requires us to help those in need at all times, whether or not we know them.

Your background doesn’t matter

By Tafadzwa Hove

“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there? “Nathanael asked,” Come and see, said Phillip.John 1:46

They were referring to Jesus Christ, the son of God. They couldn’t believe that something good could come from a place as Nazareth. It could have been due to the the fact that Nazareth was an inferior place. It was not superior. Nazareth was a very small community, with probably less than 500 people during Jesus’ lifetime. Being so small, and not close to major cities, it was the last place one would expect anything interesting to happen. A place that Nathanael could hardly think that any sort of good thing, even any worldly good thing, could come from there. He thought no good man could arise from there; and still less, any prophet, any person of great significance ; and still least of all, that the Messiah, should spring from there.

But there He was, Jesus Christ performing all wonders, doing great things that were never imagined of emanating from Nazareth . His background did not limit him.

Are you feeling discouraged because of your background? Where you are coming from?Have you lost confidence? Remember God can use you to execute great things in life . Do not look down upon yourself because of where you are coming from. God has a great plan for your life.

Fear Not

By Tafadzwa Hove

The Lord is is my light and my salvation, who shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? Psalms 27:1

Do you live in fear? What are you afraid of?

Fear is a destructive tool of Satan that has robbed millions of a victorious life in Christ Jesus. Fear causes your hope to shrivel and die. Fear prevents us from reaching our full potential.

Millions in the world have surrendered to their fears while their hearts dream of a miracle. What a pleasant picture of life God has given us- many promises of miracles and supernatural blessings but they are giants that needs conquering. Fear is one of them.

Are you acting on what He promised or else you are letting fear distract/hinder you? We all have the potential that God gave us.

As Christians, we say we are praying yet fear is still within us and prayer is about the heart and spirit. Neighbour, you say you are praying but fear is still within you. You fight on the outside but in the inside you are filled with fear, panic and anxiety. When trouble comes you say where is my faith, where is my God and you begin to look at God in a bad light.

Fear is a more deceptive enemy than Satan himself. The Holy Spirit is an enemy of fear. So choose wisely today. Between fear and faith, which one do you belong to? When you choose fear, the Holy Spirit becomes your enemy, and when you choose faith the Holy Spirit becomes your friend.

Many fears exist in our lives – fear of loss, sickness, rejection, isolation, poverty but you have a Friend, the Comforter who is the Holy Spirit and He has defeated fear for you. Always remember that the Holy Spirit can eliminate all fears of man.

Don’t let fear hold you down. Jesus Christ said I pray your faith will not fail meaning He doesn’t want fear to ruin you, He doesn’t want fear to control you.