Moran writes, "The act of repentance ought not be the “easy” way out by simply using the words, “I am sorry” or “Please forgive me,” but rather a true understanding of the wrong that was done..."
Moran writes, "We reflect upon our lives, our relationship with our God, and with our neighbors. We repent and seek forgiveness from the Lord and from our brothers and sisters we have sinned against."
Moran writes, "In Part 1, I wrote about how we tend to mask our outward self with a perfect appearance (not just physically, but also emotionally and spiritually). As I was reflecting more on this issue, I realized that often times, that mask will also damage our witness and our ability to witness to others as well."
Moran writes, "Let us not fool ourselves into thinking we are the only ones going through difficult times, or struggling with sin. No one is perfect, and we cannot fool ourselves, or others with false perfection. In fact, our honesty can be a strong encouragement to someone else who is struggling!"
Moran writes, "'Freedom' is sort of a buzzword amongst believers in Messiah. I often hear believers using the term 'we are free', but I wonder if people really understand this concept within God’s Kingdom. The question that always arises in my heart is: free from what and for what?"
Moran writes, "As I was reflecting and praying about my blog series on taking off the masks in our lives, I understood that it is important to also exhort us in what we are to put on. I do not mean “putting on” another mask, but rather to experience an authentic transformation in our lives."
Moran writes, "The sad reality is that pride prevents us from being real not only with ourselves, but also with our Creator. Pride blinds us so that we think, 'I’ve got it all together and don’t need these kinds of messages…'"
Moran writes, "My dear brothers and sisters, I am opening myself to each of you reading this in order to encourage you to humbly come before our Lord, and ask Him to reveal any areas of pride in your heart. One of the most dangerous places one can be is to think he has it all together."
Moran writes, "Our pride prevents us from seeing our real selves. Our pride prevents us from seeing the sin in our lives. Our pride makes us think that we are better than others. Our pride causes us to put on a mask because we are afraid of what others may think about us because they will see the true us."
Moran writes, "I am planning in the weeks ahead to address areas I believe the Lord wants us to remove the “mask” and be real with Him and with others. One of the most fake and, ultimately, the most divisive is the mask of religion. Religion will divide us, but faith will unite us!"