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Really Live!
By Victoria Osteen - Apr 21, 2017

So many people are walking around in this life, day in and day out, going through the motions, checking off their lists, breathing air, but they aren't truly living. God doesn't want us to just get through our days; He wants us to thrive, excel, and really live!

John 10:10 tells us that Jesus came to give us life—not just any life, but abundant life—complete, whole, and thriving in every way. He wants to ignite passion on the inside of you, stir up your dreams, and put you in the right place to fulfill your destiny!

One of the keys to really enjoying life is to master the art of overlooking offense. When we hold on to hurt and offense it quickly becomes bitterness that works like an emotional cancer inside of us. But when we overlook offense, we choose love and release the wrongs done to us. When we let go of the wrong things, we have room to embrace the right things—the supernatural life He has for us!

I encourage you today, if someone has wronged you and you still get that cringing feeling on the inside when you see them or think about them, take it to God and allow Him to keep your heart soft and sensitive. Don't let unforgiveness hold you back, weigh you down, and keep you from really living.

It's not always easy and it's okay to say, "God, I don't feel like I can forgive this person, but I'm asking You to give me the grace and the strength to forgive. I am giving my heart to You, and I am giving that person and situation to You, because You are the only One who can help me forgive."

If we are going to change any part of our lives, we have to start on the inside. Change always begins in the heart. Today and every day, choose to overlook offense, choose love, and choose to really live the abundant life God has prepared for you!

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10 NIV).
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