Proverbs 17:9 9 He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends (AMP). Proverbs 17:9 9 Whoever wants to show love forgives a wrong. But those who talk about it separate close friends (NIRV).
Why would forgiveness foster love? Here is Matthew Henry Commentary says: The way to preserve peace among relations and neighbours is to make the best of every thing, not to tell others what has been said or done against them when it is not at all necessary to their safety, nor to take notice of what has been said or done against them when it is not at all necessary to their safety, nor to take notice of what has been said or done against ourselves, but to excuse both, and put the best construction upon them. “It was an oversight; therefore overlook it. It was done through forgetfulness; therefore forget it. It perhaps made nothing of you; do you make nothing of it.” 2. The ripping up of faults is the ripping out of love, and nothing tends more to the separating of friends, and setting them at variance, than the repeating of matters that have been in variance; for they commonly lose nothing in the repetition, but the things themselves are aggravated and the passions about them revived and exasperated. The best method of peace is by an amnesty or act of oblivion.
Do you have anyone you refuse to forgive in your life right now? How has it affected you? Do I have anyone in my life I refuse to forgive right now yes my boyfriend and that is because of his lies he has told me. I know that I am suppose to forgive, but the flesh just wants to hold on to them because yes I feel hurt by these actions. I know that as a Christian we are called to forgive this is taking me sometime to do so no I will never say that I am perfect. I am a work in progress because there are things I need to let go with him. It hasn’t affected me all too much except that I hold resentment and anger toward him, and I know this is not what the Lord wants me to do. I continue to struggle with this with him though because others I am go at letting them off the hook.
Well ladies tomorrow is the enrollment on the Love God Greatly website, and I know I mentioned the series name, but I will mention it again. The name of the series is called Made for Community. I will write two posts one that is private, and one that the rest of the world can see I hope you will join me for this fun experience to see what God can do through us. I will put the picture up again as a reminder.
I look forward to you joining me. When my first post is private you will have to be invited to be part of this group. When I post the public one you will be able to see it without being invited in.
Well today is New Year’s Eve I don’t make resolutions, but I make goals that are realistic and attainable for me to do. I pray that in the New Year that you will make some goals that are attainable to you. For the last couple of years I have made my list into separate categories, and it works for me.
Physical: Well for this one I know this may seem obvious but I need to take better care of my teeth. I know that I should be brushing and flossing more than I do now, but for some reason I seem to let that go. This year I plan on adding more protein, fiber, and potassium to my diet. I will try to exercise for at least 5 minutes a day than increase from there.
Mental: I will work on my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in the coming year. I will continue to work on any insecurities that I have about myself. I plan on getting my driver’s license this year. I will remember that God made me in his image, and that I need to be comfortable with the way my body looks. I will say only good things about myself, and quit obsessing over how my body looks. I need to quit trying to help people who do not want my help, and to let God work in them.
Spiritual: I will not take on so many Bible reading plans and studies to the point that I can not keep up anymore. I will only do one study at a time, and I will continue to grow deeper in my relationship with the Lord. I will learn to establish a prayer life in my life. I will also learn to let God take care of the things that I can not change.
Social: I would like to meet more positive women that I can talk to whether they are a Christian or not it’s nice to be around women who will cheer me up, and give me that push that I need now and then. I also would like to join a Community Group at Church so that way I could meet more Christian women to be friends with. I would also like a group of Christian Women who now and then I can get together with them to have coffee.
Well this is my list for 2015. I would like to hear if any of you are making goals for 2015. I would like to also let you know that in the New Year I am taking part in The Sisterhood of Shrinking Jeans challenge called A Year of Small Changes it is based on a book all the details can be found here: http://shrinkingjeans.net/2014/12/year-small-changes/ I am a person who can’t do big changes at once. I will be blogging about the book in Week 1 so if you would like to follow along you can order it for your Kindle for only $3.99 and it’s also on paperback, but not sure on that price you can find that on Amazon. On the 4th of January is when I will start the book. Well again thank you my lovely readers for reading this. I pray that in the coming year I will write things that will encourage, and inspire you.
Luke 6:35 35 But love your enemies and be kind and do good [doing favors so that someone derives benefit from them] and lend, expecting and hoping for nothing in return but considering nothing as lost and despairing of no one; and then your recompense (your reward) will be great (rich, strong, intense, and abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind and charitable and good to the ungrateful and the selfish and wicked (AMP). Luke 6:35 35 But love your enemies. Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then you will receive a lot in return. And you will be children of the Most High God. He is kind to people who are evil and are not thankful (NIRV).
Staying away from our enemies would be so much easier. Why does God ask this of us? According to Matthew Henry’s Commentary: These are hard lessons to flesh and blood. But if we are thoroughly grounded in the faith of Christ’s love, this will make his commands easy to us. Every one that comes to him for washing in his blood, and knows the greatness of the mercy and the love there is in him, can say, in truth and sincerity, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Let us then aim to be merciful, even according to the mercy of our heavenly Father to us.
Who in my life does this verse apply to well I can say everybody because honestly there are times I have felt like punching them. Yes, I know this is not right for a Christian to be thinking, and that I need to continue to keep my temper under control. I really don’t expect anything back, but kindness and respect, and I have to learn to accept that everybody is not like me. I have to respect that they are going to have a bad day. How can I actively show love toward them by killing them with kindness even when they don’t deserve it.
Matthew 25:35-36 35 For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me, 36 I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me (AMP). Matthew 25:35-36 35 I was hungry. And you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty. And you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger. And you invited me in. 36 I needed clothes. And you gave them to me. I was sick. And you took care of me. I was in prison. And you came to visit me (NIRV).’ Matthew 25:40 40 And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me (AMP). Matthew 25:40 40 “The King will reply, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. Anything you did for one of the least important of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)
What principle is Jesus trying to get across in these verses? The principle Jesus is trying to get across in these verses is that we are help those in need when they need help. As Christians we are called to help others. By doing things for the poor, sick, elderly, and the imprisoned we are doing this for Jesus.
Have you ever been one of the hungry, thirsty, naked or imprisoned ones? Would that help you live this out? I have not been one of these, but there is no doubt that I have come close to this several times in my life. Yes, this verse helps me live it out because I have thought to my self “How would I feel if I was in their position? I can’t imagine what these people must feel. Us as Christians need to set a better example of how we treat people, and not by preaching to them, but to be an example of what a Christian really is.
Well today in church the Pastor talked about reflecting back on 2014 and our blessings. I won’t say this was easy for me to do because of the fact this past year I lost my grandmother to Colon Cancer. Well here goes my blessings of this past year:
- I graduated from Delta College with my Associate In Arts
- My daughter Maggie was confirmed
- My oldest daughter Maggie graduated from Zion Lutheran
- The oldest daughter started High School
- The Middle daughter Lizzie went into her last year of Zion Lutheran
- The youngest went into middle school at Zion Lutheran
- The younger daughters have beautiful Alto voices
Well I am curious to see what my readers blessings were this past year. Let me know in the comments section