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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 04:38:53 -0800 (PST)
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Straight to the Cross

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COLUMN: ENCOURAGING WORD

Giving Up
 by Paula Harrington

Many speeches, books, and sermons are written on the
importance of perseverance. Keep on, keepin' on is a
familiar adage for many of us and rightfully so.
However, there are times when the most valuable move a
Christian can make, is to give up.

Giving up Regret

Judas was regretful (Matthew 27). So regretful, in
fact, that he took his own life. Too many times we
allow regret to keep us from God. We agonize over past
mistakes and let them define who we are for eternity.

Giving up Pride

The proud have no regard for God. They think that they
can do all things on their own and are surprised when
their world crumbles around them (Proverbs 16:18).

Giving up Worry

Jesus tells us not to worry (Matthew 6:25). He knew it
wouldn't make us taller, smarter, or richer. Worrying
adds clouds to an otherwise sunny day.

Giving up Greed

The rich young ruler was ready to follow Christ (Mark
10:17ff). He had kept all the commandments and done
what he thought he needed to do. He thought he was
ready but was disheartened when Jesus told him that
there was something he had overlooked.

Giving up Selfishness

Can you imagine how different the world would be if
each of us put the interest of others above our own?
Can you imagine the marriages that would be saved? 

The pews that would be filled? The wars that would 
end? Paul tells us (Philippians 2:3-4) to esteem 
others above ourselves. Shouldn't we be willing to 
put those words into practice?

It's time to stop giving in to what's keeping us from
God and start giving it up. Give up your regret, pride,
worry, greed and selfishness and then give your heart
to Jesus.

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