Ryan Staffieri, 32954-018, Federal Correctional Institution, P.O. Box 9000, Berlin, NH, 03570

Ryan writes, “I love God, music, writing, reading, and helping others.  I am humble and loving but most of all lonely and bored.”

6/10/17:

A mission in life that is usually unattainable for most; without the love of Christ in their hearts.  Many live with the rage that the serpent has provided them the wall for, while others compassionately express the responsibility of the body of Christ; by being Christ-like to others.  As Jesus Christ would have expected us to be.  People, (although are still human) tend to forget that when you forgive, you must also in turn forget.  Which is by far one of the hardest responsibilities of being a Christian full-time, and Christ-like, none the least.

However, by taking on that responsibility of being a full-time Christian, and Christ-like, we begin to learn, and understand that “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving (Deut. 9:9).  So as Christians we should be as well.  You see, as Christians we are unable to claim that “we love our neighbor as we love ourselves” (Lev. 19:18b) if we are unable to love our enemies, and the ones that may persecute us (Matt. 5:43b).  The Lord our God, Jesus Christ once stated in Matt 6:14-15, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  So in short, Luke 6:37b simply states, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven,” which especially as Christians, let alone human beings, we should be always practicing.

My life hasn’t always been squeaky clean.  I’ve made a lot of poor decisions, all of which I regret.  I wasn’t a kind individual, let alone full-on religious.  I was what you would call a fast-talking trickster.  Ignorant and disrespectful to the core, also know as cold hearted.  I only cared about myself.  I was simply like the servant in Matt. 18:21-34 where I would talk myself out of trouble (debt), only to in turn treat the ones I care for rudely, and demand that they make it right, at that present time, no later.  I wasn’t the type of person about to forgive their iniquities against me, even though I was forgiven of my iniquities from others.

That is, until I found Christ, and was shown Matt. 18:35 where Jesus states “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”  So as a full-time Christian I wouldn’t want to be treated by God the same way that I treated others in the past.  So the word, thought, and action of forgiveness has embedded its way into my heart for everyone that I thought has ever wronged me in any way, forever.  Looking ahead with the love and blessings of Jesus Christ in my corner, I can honestly state “that the road may still be tough for me to go down, but at least when I do go to travel it, I won’t have to carry so much baggage anymore.”

In conclusion to all the readers…simply I state this:  Colossians 3:12-14 says it best…”Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

Where I come from, forgiveness as well and revenge is a dish served cold.  However, I no longer represent that neighborhood.  I live with and for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  So I represent God’s house where forgiveness is warm and compassionate, and revenge is completely irrelevant.  By no means am I perfect, because I could never be, but I strive to be, even when I fall.  Thank you for reading my message.   I hope I touched a heart if not more.  In closing, please help me pray for my prayer requests.”

Prayer requests:  For my safety, my mental well-being, and to be financially stable and reunite with my children.

6/10/17:  For all believers to understand the true definition of forgiveness; the safety  and security of my children and their mothers; if possible the address, phone numbers, and email address of my youngest child; all of those who have been, still are, or becoming victims of any crimes; and lastly for me for whatever God may place in my path for the future.

 

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