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He Died So You Could Live–Easter Fashion

It’s Good Friday! Today we remember the day when our Savior, Jesus Christ, died on the cross. Not only did He give up His life for us, but he also took on all of the world’s sins. 

Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45-46 NKJV)

Now we are forgiven; and if we call upon Jesus and accept Him as Lord, we are released and given eternal life!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16 NKJV).

So I’m sure all of you are excited about Easter and the adorable dresses there are to wear to church and dinner. I will share some Polyvore creations as well as what I will be wearing this Easter Sunday.

Blue Speckled Egg

Blue Speckled Egg by fearfullywonderfullyme featuring blue dangle earrings

Robin’s egg blue is a beautiful Spring color, and this dress is perfect for church. I love little shrugs like this because they provide modesty and warmth if it’s still chilly out.

Edgy for Easter

Who says you can’t wear black on Easter? This makes a great dinner dress, and the pop of coral gives it a girly vibe. Just make sure you pair it with bright accessories to balance out the dark color.

easter edit

And this is my Easter outfit! I love the print on this dress, and how it has a silky feeling. The denim blazer is thrifted and pulls the look together. And how about that Ariel rug ^_^ (sorry for the poor quality).

The payment for sin is death and sacrifice. That’s why Jesus died. God sent His Son to be the one to die for us. All we have to do is receive this forgiveness and the power of God in our lives.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10 NKJV).

He died so I could live. He died so you could live. How precious a gift that is! Remember this, and remember to spread His love wherever you go. There are people everywhere who are starving for Jesus, and we need to feed them this gift.

Have an awesome Easter everyone!

Love, Emily <3

What the Bible Really Says About Forgiveness

Let’s talk about forgiveness. Yup. I’m sure you’re thinking, why that? Any post but that! Sorry, but it has to be done. As Christians, we think we know how forgiveness works. Forgive people and God will forgive you (Matthew 6:15), and keep on forgiving and giving second chances (Luke 17:3-4). Yup, got it.

Wait. What does that last verse say? When I hear most preachers talk about Luke 17, they always make it sound like if someone sins against you a whole bunch of times, you must give them a second chance every single time. Although I’m a firm believer in forgivness, this verse almost sounds like we are supposed to be punching bags for those who want to hurt or abuse us.

That is–until I really read it.

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I think sometimes we listen to other people (even well meaning, Godly people) preach and teach important Bible subjects and we just nod our heads and go along with it without actually studying the word or praying about it. That’s one thing I love about my pastor–he always encourages us to read our Bibles and not just take his word for it.

Now I’m not saying we should abandon all teachings (preachers were given to us from God for a reason), but they can only give us one snapshot of the Bible at a time. It’s up to us to connect the dots with the help of the Holy Spirit. 

Now about that verse on forgiveness:

Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him (Matthew 17:3-4 NKJV).

So forgiveness is not just letting all things slide or becoming a doormat for anyone to hurt you. In fact, it’s not about us at all! It’s about God. Our awesome and powerful God wants us to surrender all of our hurt and offenses to Him. If we’re holding on to pain, grudges, anger, or resentment, then the enemy can easily find a way to latch on to our hearts and suck out all of the joy, peace, and freedom found in Christ. 

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Remember that even though our God is slow to anger and abundant in mercy, He is also a God of justice. Vengeance is His (Romans 12:19), and if we try to get justice and settle every wrong ourselves, we often get into an even bigger mess than before. This does not mean we can’t (or shouldn’t ) protect ourselves from further hurt or abuse. But don’t allow yourself to become closed off to God’s protection and justice. God knows what you need. You don’t have to take care of everything yourself–learn to leave it at the cross. 

If we allow God to release us from the hurtful actions and words of others, then we can fully surrender ourselves to Him so He can love us and lead our lives. Forgiveness is equal to release. Remember this. When you forgive someone, you’re releasing all of that pain and offense to God. You’re also releasing that person to Him.

Now going back to Matthew 17:3

Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.

The Bible clearly says we MUST forgive everyone…when they repent. If people do not apologize for the wrong they’ve done or try to make it right (which is the definition of repentance), then they can’t even receive your forgiveness. Yes, you will be released, but it will do nothing for them. In the cases of people who suffer addictions and strongholds, sometimes the only thing you can do is forgive them in your heart and let them go. Pray for them and be loving, but let God change them.

I don’t know if any of you have seen the new version of Cinderella (which is totally amazing), but throughout the movie Cinderella offers her wicked step-mother mercy and grace. However, no matter how kind Cinderella is, her step-mother refuses to apologize or treat her right.

In the end, when Cinderella goes off to marry the prince, she tells her step-mother that she forgives her. The real big moment of the movie is not this, but what she does next. Cinderella doesn’t come back for more abuse, but she also doesn’t get her step-mother thrown in a dungeon or punished (even though we can all agree that’s what she deserves).

Cinderella has mercy for her step-mother. She even feels bad for her wicked heart, so she removes herself from the abuse and moves on with her new life. Cinderella is a perfect example of forgiving someone who will not repent for the wrong they’ve done. 

Forgiveness isn’t easy, but it’s a choice. And it always frees the one who is forgiving. If the other person repents, it will set him/her free as well. Forgiveness and mercy are gifts from God, through the death of His Son Jesus, and we must learn to accept His forgiveness in our own lives as well.

I hope that this can help you understand that the Bible is the Word of transformation and freedom, and that God wants to free you from the grip of sin and pain. Forgiving is a way to release us from those who’ve done wrong to us, and it can also be the chance to release them and help them change their ways. But don’t take my word for it–read the Bible and let God speak to you. 

Love, Emily <3

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