From Tony Evans’ sermon on Forgiveness – March 9, 2014, based on Colossians 3:13 – Forgiving each other.
Just as the Lord forgives, we should also forgive. What allows us to forgive is that we recognize that we are forgiven for our wrongs in Christ Jesus. If we lose sight that we have been forgiven, then it makes us almost impossible to forgive. Forgiveness – It is the choice to release a person of an offense committed against you. In the spirit of unforgiveness, we are being held hostage in our circumstances, in our relationships – by our emotions. The devil knows that he can control us because we cannot move forward because of our struggle with forgiveness. To refuse to forgive is to burn a bridge that you will need to cross, if not today, then one day.
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It is indeed a different day. It is as Charles Dickens wrote in the Tale of Two Cities:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only …”
If I ever allowed myself to become envious, I would envy the God given talent to write with such grace and poignancy in an effort to paint concise scenes such as the above. I often wonder how a writer such as Dickens, or Taylor Caldwell (my favorite author!) would script my character. How would I look on paper; what words would the writer choose to bring my character to life … now that is indeed a thought, but back to the thought at hand …
While shopping at Costco the other day, I noticed my cashier (a ‘young’un’) wore a “WWJD” (What Would Jesus Do) bracelet. Sooo, while checking out I asked him, “So what would Jesus do about Caitlyn Jenner?” His response, “Everything I have learned about being a Christian says that Jesus would love her, and we should love her too; not judge her or condemn her, but just show her some love.” Hmmmm that was an unexpected and totally refreshing answer. I was humbled and so responded, “How true, but we as Christians often times forget how much Christ loves.” Continue reading →
Father, I know you love me for it is not written that I am the righteousness of God in Christ; am I not your beloved child; your very special possession for have I not chosen you as my Lord and savior? Art thou not my salvation?
I know you are with me. I know you are for me. I know you abide in me. I know you are HE who sustains me. I know there is an appointed time for everything under the sun and in my life.
Father, you who have collected my tears; you who have counted the strands of hair on my head; you who knew me and formed me before the foundation of the earth – does not your word say there is no shame for those whose trust and hope is in you? Father your word says surely you will bless me. Your word says that you will increase me and my children more and more. Your word says that I am your special possession. Your word says ask and it shall be given unto you. This I declare unto me for that is what you have promised me and Lord, I am holding you to it. Continue reading →
Last week, while praying the Lord’s Prayer, I began to associate different pieces of Scripture with each phrase. I hope you enjoy these verses as I did in searching and selecting them. Again, my hope, and my prayer is that these pieces of Scripture – of the Bible – of God’s Word, allow you to draw nearer to Him so that He may draw nearer to you.
Romans 8: 15 -17 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Continue reading →