Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Let. It. Go.

"...forgiving one another even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you." (Ephesians 4:32)
 
Unforgiveness is dead weight. Let it go.
 
 Maybe you are afraid that if you forgive, then your offenders win.
 
They don't. God is not mocked.
 
Perhaps you fear that forgiving leaves you exposed and vulnerable. You think your hardness will protect you from being made a fool of or falling for the same offense again.
 
Hardness is not what you need. Hardness makes you ugly and insensitive.
 Wisdom is your best defense against being fooled again, and the wisest thing you can do is forgive your offenders. 
 
It’s really not about them and what they did to you. This business of forgiveness is between you and God. When you choose not to forgive, God has an issue with YOU. Your unforgiveness becomes a barrier in your relationship with Him, and I know you don't want that. 
 
 Forgiving the one who betrayed you, abandoned you, or hurt you is about remembering the massive forgiveness God has extended to you; as a way of loving Him back, you forgive your offenders. Yes, it's that simple. (It's  not easy, but it is simple. )
 
So ask God to help you let it go. He will!
 
 Forgiveness is a floaty.
 
 Unforgiveness is a drowning dead weight.  Let it go.
 
Leave a Comment: What have you found that makes forgiving easier? Do you need prayer about letting go of bitterness and unforgiveness?
 
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Do Not Fret- Be Encouraged


The story is told of a farmer who woke up to find  his prized pig had been stolen.  Rather than freak out, call the neighbors to form a search party, or involve the police, the farmer did nothing.  He did whatever it is farmers do all day. He did it for weeks.  Leaning against a pole and chewing a straw one day, a visiting neighbor asked, "So, did you ever find out who stole your pig?"  Without batting an eyelash, the farmer replied, "I just did."

 Psalm 37 says,

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;

Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,

Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

 Cease from anger and forsake wrath;

Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.

 For evildoers will be cut off,

But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.

  Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more;

And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there.
 
Got anybody in your life who seems to get away with murder? Do they seem to prosper while you struggle? Got any evildoers dogging your every step? Maybe you were done wrong and you never found out who was the culprit.

BE ENCOURAGED.

They may escape the eyes of the police, your boss, or even Uncle Sam,  but as surely as the sun comes up in the morning, they NEVER escape the eyes of the Judge of all the earth. You just keep your own heart and attitude right. Don't fret and fume!  Like our farmer friend,  keep doing what is required of you.  God will not only reward your faithfulness, but He will deal justly with the evildoers in your life.

Talk About It: How do you encourage yourself when wrong seems to go unpunished?