Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Forgive


Matthew 6:12-15 "Forgive our debts (or trespasses or sin) as we forgive those who sin against us"

What a tall order!  We are prone to judge, criticize and condemn anyone who grieves, offends or insults us. But judging is God's territory, not ours. We are not able take God's authority to judge or condemn those who offend us. He has promised that He will deal with it timely and thoroughly and avenge the wrong that has been done toward us.

So how do we go about "forgiving."  First of all forgiving is not forgetting. Our memories are too good for that. We can't pretend that it didn't happen. It happened. We can't hide it deep inside because it eventually will creep out into our relationships and cause bitterness and agitation.

The word "Forgive" means to "give ahead or before a pardon". He died to offer pardon for sin to everyone. Those who acknowledge their sin to Him receive forgiveness from Him. We can, like Jesus, forgive or offer pardon to those who sin against us.    

Acknowledge the offense. Identifying the trespass is crucial. It puts a name on it. It declares it's reality. The grievance has legitimacy.

Give it over to God. Allow Him to deal with it. Believe His promise. Trust Him, I mean really believe that He will keep His promise to lead, care for and avenge us. Even when it happens again we can take the steps to forgive and go on with life, relying on our Savior to be in command of our inner being.

We who have been forgiven of much would do well to learn the discipline of forgiving others.


     

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

In His Image




In His Image

Teary-eyed I sat listening to the speaker as she quoted the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

No way! I assumed that as a lowly human I had no capacity to love. Not God, not my neighbor, not myself. Though I’d been a church-goer all my life, raised in a strong Christian family, the concept that I was lovable was beyond my imagination. ‘I am unworthy the least of his favor.’ Hadn’t I sung that for years and took it to heart. I even began to skip singing certain phrases that proclaimed my love for Jesus. I’d be such a liar to sing those words.

But here she was saying, “You can’t love your neighbor unless you love yourself. The wonderful news is that God created us humans in His image. His love, mercy, peace, joy, forgiveness, and all His other attributes, He stored inside of us so that we can reflect Him.”

My heart skipped a beat. I understood. He placed love within me when He created me in His image. I am able to love God, I am able to love me, I am able to love my neighbor as I love myself because God created me in His image of love.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


JOYFUL LIVING

When I am distressed, or struggling, I turn to the passage in Philippians 4:5 that tells us "He is near."  Prior to that it says "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say Rejoice." There are times that I admit to Him that I am not having joy. But still the Bible says, "He is near."

God is not surprised at my dilemma.  He knows what is happening. He is in command of all my circumstances.  No wonder He says "Don't be anxious about anything, but in every situation in prayer and petition WITH THANKSGIVING present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

So this is my formula for living in His Joy:  First I pray for a grateful spirit even if I can only be thankful to know He is near.  Then I assess my concern in whatever the situation and tell Him. I am amazed at the peace and calm He gives when I rest in His Presence.  He is near!

1. Remember "He is near"               His PRESENCE
2. Relax He is in control                  His POWER
3. Release my cares to Him             His PEACE


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Inspirational moments

AARP   Impact 
How to build Relationships, Community and Friends

A-Acknowledge     Get to Know the Person
A-Appreciate          Be Grateful for Him or Her
R-Respect               Listen to differing opinions without being disagreeable
P-Praise                  Notice/tell about a talent, skill or gift that impresses you