Masquerade Lesson 20

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Masquerade Lesson 20

Removing the masks through forgiveness and God's perfect love

The longer we wear our masks, the more comfortable they feel. How do we remove these masks to live as God requires? If you had to put a plastic mask over your face and wear it day in and day out, it would make you hot and bothered. Breathing would not be easy, seeing properly would not be easy, speaking may also prove to be more difficult. We need to shed the masks we wear if we want to be free. Free to be real. So we can conclude that wearing masks can cause us to become very lonely people. We have to start by looking to God and looking at our inner selves. Many people quote the bible verse as ‘resist the devil and he will flee’ but the whole verse says, ‘seek God first, then resist the devil and he will flee.’ Without God we do not have the strength to overcome challenges like removing our masks, in a way that heals us completely. Being honest with God and yourself is the way to remove the mask. God will help you, but he is quietly waiting for you to make the decision and to ask him to do so.

Quote: ‘Our lives only improve when we are willing to take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take, is to be honest with ourselves.’ ~ Walter Anderson.

How easy is it to let go? Especially if we have experienced pain, regret, guilt, failure, rejection and all the words we mentioned in the previous chapter. Forgiveness is the key to letting go. Forgiveness of those we hurt, forgiveness of ourselves for pain we caused and forgiveness towards those who caused us pain and distress. Masks encourage us to seek the approval of others, instead of seeking God’s approval. No matter what others think of us or say about us, we always have God’s approval so we need to live a life that is pleasing to him.

How easy is forgiveness? What do we fear will happen if we choose to forgive? We should not be afraid to ask ourselves the right questions about our worth, our thoughts, our purpose and our emotions. Our self-esteem is based on Christ dying for us, not on the things man uses to measures us. God has made us in his image, so our value lies in who we know, not what we do. God loves us unconditionally and sent his Son Jesus to die for our sins and through that redeems us. We need not walk in shame, we can merely ask God to forgive anything we have done. We are able to forgive others, as forgiveness is a choice. Christ forgave us first, giving us the strength and ability to forgive others and ourselves. It is often difficult to believe that God loves us, but he does willingly, because everything God does is motivated by love!


Heart to Heart

Let us discuss being honest with ourselves and forgiveness:

  1. What is the one area of your life that you are most uncomfortable to talk about?
  2. We are experts at making excuses, blaming others, defending ourselves and watering down the truth. Do you recognise any of these behaviour patterns in your own life?
  3. The longer we hide behind our masks the greater the consequences. Are you ready to shed your mask?
  4. Read what the bible says about forgiveness in Ephesians 4:31-32 and Luke 23:34?
  5. Do you believe God forgives and loves you unconditionally? Read 1 John 4:18.






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Removing the masks through forgiveness and God's perfect love

The longer we wear our masks, the more comfortable they feel. How do we remove these masks to live as God requires? If you had to put a plastic mask over your face and wear it day in and day out, it would make you hot and bothered. Breathing would not be easy, seeing properly would not be easy, speaking may also prove to be more difficult. We need to shed the masks we wear if we want to be free. Free to be real. So we can conclude that wearing masks can cause us to become very lonely people. We have to start by looking to God and looking at our inner selves. Many people quote the bible verse as ‘resist the devil and he will flee’ but the whole verse says, ‘seek God first, then resist the devil and he will flee.’ Without God we do not have the strength to overcome challenges like removing our masks, in a way that heals us completely. Being honest with God and yourself is the way to remove the mask. God will help you, but he is quietly waiting for you to make the decision and to ask him to do so.

Quote: ‘Our lives only improve when we are willing to take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take, is to be honest with ourselves.’ ~ Walter Anderson.

How easy is it to let go? Especially if we have experienced pain, regret, guilt, failure, rejection and all the words we mentioned in the previous chapter. Forgiveness is the key to letting go. Forgiveness of those we hurt, forgiveness of ourselves for pain we caused and forgiveness towards those who caused us pain and distress. Masks encourage us to seek the approval of others, instead of seeking God’s approval. No matter what others think of us or say about us, we always have God’s approval so we need to live a life that is pleasing to him.

How easy is forgiveness? What do we fear will happen if we choose to forgive? We should not be afraid to ask ourselves the right questions about our worth, our thoughts, our purpose and our emotions. Our self-esteem is based on Christ dying for us, not on the things man uses to measures us. God has made us in his image, so our value lies in who we know, not what we do. God loves us unconditionally and sent his Son Jesus to die for our sins and through that redeems us. We need not walk in shame, we can merely ask God to forgive anything we have done. We are able to forgive others, as forgiveness is a choice. Christ forgave us first, giving us the strength and ability to forgive others and ourselves. It is often difficult to believe that God loves us, but he does willingly, because everything God does is motivated by love!

Heart to Heart

Let us discuss being honest with ourselves and forgiveness:

  1. What is the one area of your life that you are most uncomfortable to talk about?
  2. We are experts at making excuses, blaming others, defending ourselves and watering down the truth. Do you recognise any of these behaviour patterns in your own life?
  3. The longer we hide behind our masks the greater the consequences. Are you ready to shed your mask?
  4. Read what the bible says about forgiveness in Ephesians 4:31-32 and Luke 23:34?
  5. Do you believe God forgives and loves you unconditionally? Read 1 John 4:18.

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