Burdened With Glorious Forgiveness

So there has been a lot of talk about heroes, but what about the villains? In my opinion, a good villain makes the movie/story. One of my favorite villains (I have a few) is Loki.

Loki is brother of Thor (the god of thunder) and always felt like he lived in his older brother’s shadow. Their sibling rivalry is something most people can relate to, and I know I do. I have three sisters, so it’s always at least a little bit of competition for attention. Now with these two, their father always favored Thor over Loki. This sparked a lot of anger with Loki, and his anger made him not forgive his father for favoring Thor over him (and other reasons).

Matthew 6:12

Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others.

If only Loki had forgiven his brother and father, and saw that they truly did love him. Well, Thor for sure anyway. Holding onto things from the past will never help you move forward, and it can cause a lot of problems for your future. Is there anyone in mind that needs forgiveness? Or maybe there’s a few things you need to forgive yourself for. If God can forgive us of all the things we have done, we should forgive others. It’s not always easy, but it can be done. Talk to God today, tell him about some of those things. Don’t let this keep you from a relationship with God or others.

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Be the Light the World Deserves

I was sitting in my youth pastor Tony’s office before church about a month ago, and he was beginning to set up a poster to promote a message series on Heroes. As I watched him Photoshop the youth leaders faces on to super hero bodies, I started to wonder what hero I would be. Who better to ask than the guru of all things comic book? Tony did not hesitate to tell me that I would be Carrie Kelly.

Carrie Kelly was one of the first female Robins, (and if I had red hair, I think we’d look like sisters) but what interested me was her back story. This young girl had bad parents, like neglectful druggy ones. One night she was walking the streets of Gotham and gets mugged, only to be saved by Batman on his first night out of retirement. After that night, she wanted to make a difference. So little Carrie started saving up her lunch money so she could buy a Robin costume and help her hero clean up Gotham.

In Matthew 5:13-15 Jesus says,

13 You are like salt for everyone on earth. But if salt no longer tastes like salt, how can it make food salty? All it is good for is to be thrown out and walked on.

14 You are like light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, 15 and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot. A lamp is placed on a lamp stand, where it can give light to everyone in the house.

Carrie wanted to be a light in Gotham. She wanted to make a difference because she knew what it’s like to be needing saving and wanted to save others. Like Carrie Kelly, we are sidekicks. But we are sidekicks to the greatest superhero ever; Jesus. And we all have our own ‘powers’ or spiritual gifts. Maybe you’re a good listener, or you have a heart to serve and help. Regardless of what your powers are, they would mean nothing if you didn’t use them. What’s your superpower? How will you use it to show others the love of God?

I challenge you to seriously think about those two questions this week. The answers may surprise you.