- Forgiveness is not circumventing God’s justice….
—It is allowing God to execute His justice in His time and in His way.
- Forgiveness is not waiting for “time to heal all wounds.”…
—It is clear that time doesn’t heal wounds—some people will not allow healing.
- Forgiveness is not letting the guilty “off the hook.”…
—It is moving the guilty from your hook to God’s hook.
- Forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation….
—It takes two for reconciliation, only one for forgiveness.
- Forgiveness is not excusing unjust behavior….
—It is acknowledging that unjust behavior is without excuse, while still forgiving.
- Forgiveness is not explaining away the hurt….
—It is working through the hurt.
- Forgiveness is not based on what is fair….
—It was not “fair” for Jesus to hang on the cross—but He did so that we could be forgiven.
- Forgiveness is not being a weak martyr….
—It is being strong enough to be Christlike.
- Forgiveness is not stuffing your anger….
—It is resolving your anger by releasing the offense to God.
- Forgiveness is not a natural response….
—It is a supernatural response, empowered by God.
- Forgiveness is not denying the hurt….
—It is feeling the hurt and releasing it.
- Forgiveness is not being a doormat….
—It is seeing that, if this were so, Jesus would have been the greatest doormat of all!
- Forgiveness is not conditional….
—It is unconditional, a mandate from God to everyone.
- Forgiveness is not forgetting….
—It is necessary to remember before you can forgive.
- Forgiveness is not a feeling….
—It is a choice—an act of the will.
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I was reading my Bible this morning from Joyce Meyer’s The Everyday Life Bible which has Life Points on the side. After I finished reading Romans 1 I looked over, I started reading the life points afterwards, and this life point just jumped off the page at me, so I decided to share it this morning.
In ministry, I learned to remain confident in God when someone got up and walked out while I was preaching. In the beginning of my ministry, that type of occurrence brought out all of my insecurities and practically destroyed my confidence. Due to a lack of properly understanding God’s Word, some of our friends and family members told me that a woman should not preach the Word of God. I also knew that some people, particularly men, had difficulty receiving the Word from a woman. This was confusing to me because I knew God called me and anointed me to preach His Word. I could not have done it otherwise, but people’s rejection still affected me because I lacked confidence. I had to grow in confidence to the place where people’s opinions and their acceptance or rejection did not alter my confidence level. My confidence had to be in God, not in people. (Meyers, 2006)
When the growth and progress of my ministry seemed painfully slow, I had to practice being consistently confident. It is easier to remain confident when we see progress, but during times of waiting the devil attacks our confidence and attempts to destroy it. We must resist him. (Meyers, 2006)
Have you ever been here before, with lack of confidence? I know I have. Just stepping out and beginning to do this blog take confidence. Stepping out with my Life Coaching took confidence, and now I’m stepping out with doing workshops and that is taking lots of confidence. Having confidence (faith) in God that I know he will never bring me to a place and leave me there.
Have you ever had a person in your life that just seemed to change from positive to negative. Wondering why they just continue to speak negative things over peoples lives. Talking about the bad things or talking about others negatively. Have you ever heard the saying if you don’t have nothing nice to say, DON”T say anything at all. WOW that would really cut out some gossip wouldn’t it. I had words with someone a couple of weeks ago just on this topic.
When you continue to talk about people from your past you are giving them the power to control your thoughts and heart. For example, Someone had posted some mean things about some people in a church that they use to go to. DO you really think that sharing that information truly made people feel better OR did it stir up strife, anger, discord, anger, and hatred in the hearts of others? I feel that when you are telling your journey in life, if it talks negative about anyone else or another church, It’s not God’s will to spread that to others. No its doesn’t matter if you are tell what happened to you, and it may be true, it may be a lie. There is always two sides to every story.
With all that being said, I believe that God isn’t for us telling our lives journey when it hurts others or causes hatred or discord. For example, when you are telling people that others are gossiping in a meeting and serving people up on a dinner plater, to me, that is trying to cause discord while spreading and planting anger and hatred.
We have to remember that when people read things whether good or bad, that is planting a seed. Someone will come along with a negative or positive statement and water that seed. What types of seeds are you planting in others lives. Are you planting seeds that are positive with your words or are you planting seeds that are negative?
Proverbs 10:19 In a multitude of words transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.
Proverbs 15:1 A SOFT answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.
Proverbs 18:20 A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].
Matthew 12:37 For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.
- Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.
- Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.
- Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.
- Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
- When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
- Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, and express thanks for gratitude.
As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.
The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.
But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.
That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.
Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.
There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. What’s on your list?
If all you had to do was wish for something and you would have it, life would be pretty boring, wouldn’t it? God placed barriers between us and what we want, so we can enjoy interesting and satisfying lives. God hid our biggest rewards behind the highest barriers – our deepest fears. God wants us to face our fears, and hold ground in their presence, and let them go, and that’s how we get out biggest rewards. What are you most afraid of? Say it, just start by saying it.
Have you ever found yourself, not able to walk in love? I know that I have been there before. It was as though my heart had turned cold to certain things or people. One day I was watching the news and something happened, I can’t really remember what it was that happened, but what came out of my mouth wasn’t love. God said to me, Sherry where is the love of God that is supposed to be flowing out of your heart. I have to be honest, I was lost at words. I begin to pray that God would help me.
Sometimes it isn’t easy to love people. You know Jesus loved the unlovable and we are supposed to love the loveable and unlovable. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 (MSG) Regarding life together and getting along with each other, you don’t need me to tell you what to do. You’re God-taught in these matters. Just love one another! I know one time I told God, that I just need you to love them through me, next thing you know I was walking in love with that person. I believe that love is an action first and then it becomes a feeling.