Joyful Life

How to Defeat the Devil

(This post was inspired by an article about people not believing others should be forgiven.)

A gentle reminder that forgiveness is never about the other person but always about you. When you forgive others the anger and hurt in your hard heart is released, making you feel better.

Every time you refuse to forgive your fellow man, the devil wins a small battle.

So follow this verse and defeat the devil.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

Do you realize that by not forgiving others you are against the meaning of Easter? When Jesus hung on the cross, it was not for the forgiveness of his sins but the forgiveness of your sins.

If your heart is so hard that you will not forgive others, then how can God forgive you?

Imagine how much joy you will experience defeating the devil by forgiving others.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Weekend Wisdom

“The Credit Belongs To…”

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood … who does actually strive to do the deeds … who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Teddy Roosevelt

So if you are:

  • in the arena,
  • marred by dust and sweat and blood,
  • striving to do the deeds,
  • spending yourself in a worthy cause,
  • knowing the triumph of high achievement
  • and failing while daring greatly…

God bless you.

Not everyone is willing to be in the arena and do life’s tough work.