Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: sin

Have mercy on me! – life with BPD

I wrote the following in November 2015 during one of the most difficult periods in my life. It would lead to years of ongoing suffering. Today, thank God, my life is starting to turn around…or is it? When one suffers from bipolar disorder as well as features of borderline personality disorder—two major mental health problems […]

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Broken and crushed

  The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18   Have you ever felt so bad, so ashamed about how you behaved, you find it hard to live with yourself? You couldn’t help what you did. It just happened, and you wish you could go back […]

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I’m sorry, God

   If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9   I’ve been writing about the Atlantic Slave Trade and the efforts last year to have those who were responsible apologize for those great sins. William Wilberforce, the abolitionist, wrote the […]

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When we hurt others

  When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23: 33-34   In this […]

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I’m sorry God

  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9   Years ago, when I was still driving, I was pulled over after going through a school zone. The officer asked me, “Did you know what your speed was?” I didn’t. […]

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Staying safe

  Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the […]

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Even those you least expect

I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; Psalm 51:3-4   Unthinkable! An atrocious crime, committed by a man after God’s own heart, no less. David, the great leader of the Old Testament, the author of many […]

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No shame here

  As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:1-3   […]

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When I fall, I shall rise

  But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.  Because I have sinned against him, I […]

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Doing what I don’t want to do

  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do […]

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