When Unforgiveness Festers — The “F” Word (a repost from Perth Girl)

Forgiveness is something I think most of us struggle with. This post from Perth Girl has helped me tremendously. I hope it helps you too.

Ahithophel is a name with a Hebrew origin meaning ‘Brother of Folly”. Contrary to what his name means Ahithophel was a wise, trusted and respected counsellor to King David. In 2 Samuel 16:23 we read “Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like the one who inquires of God. That was how David […]

When Unforgiveness Festers — The “F” Word

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God’s Love

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Illustration of Hosea 14:4

This sentence is a body of divinity in miniature. He who understands its meaning is a theologian, and he who can dive into its fulness is a true master in Israel. It is a condensation of the glorious message of salvation which was delivered to us in Christ Jesus our Redeemer. The sense hinges upon the word “freely.” This is the glorious, the suitable, the divine way by which love streams from heaven to earth, a spontaneous love flowing forth to those who neither deserved it, purchased it, nor sought after it. It is, indeed, the only way in which God can love such as we are.

The text is a death-blow to all sorts of fitness: “I will love them freely.” Now, if there were any fitness necessary in us, then he would not love us freely, at least, this would be a mitigation and a drawback to the freeness of it. But it stands, “I will love you freely.” We complain, “Lord, my heart is so hard.” “I will love you freely.” “But I do not feel my need of Christ as I could wish.” “I will not love you because you feel your need; I will love you freely.” “But I do not feel that softening of spirit which I could desire.” Remember, the softening of spirit is not a condition, for there are no conditions; the covenant of grace has no conditionality whatever; so that we without any fitness may venture upon the promise of God which was made to us in Christ Jesus, when he said, “He that believeth on him is not condemned.”

It is blessed to know that the grace of God is free to us at all times, without preparation, without fitness, without money, and without price! “I will love them freely.” These words invite backsliders to return: indeed, the text was specially written for such-“I will heal their backsliding; I will love them freely.” Backslider! surely the generosity of the promise will at once break your heart, and you will return, and seek your injured Father’s face.

Written by Charles H. Spurgeon

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Forever He Is Glorified!

The LORD is great and is to be highly praised; his greatness is beyond understanding. Psalm 145: 3 Good News Translation

Our Father,

We praise and glorify You Lord for the price You paid on the cross for our salvation, the restoration of peace to our souls, and for the reconciliation that is open to us to become Your dearly beloved children.

In Jesus Name Amen.

How To Be Pandemic Strong

Pandemic strong

Written by Cindi McMenamin

My husband and I were running on a local trail recently. As we increased our speed up a hill, an older man who was walking down that hill with his dog cheered us on by saying, “Good job, guys. Way to go… Pandemic strong!”

I like that expression. Pandemic strong. But then I started thinking about what it really means to be strong during this time. 

  • To be strong physically so our bodies can fight the virus? 
  • To be strong mentally and emotionally so we don’t succumb to the debilitating thought process that can take us down a dark road toward depression? 
  • Or are we truly strong when we are compassionate, grateful, and expressing hope and love toward others?

In this pandemic, few people have hope. In this volatile election year (no matter how it turns out), few people want to face the future in this country. Most people I know want to hit a fast forward button on 2020 right now and skip to a new year (and I don’t blame them).  People are fearful of the virus, of losing others to the virus, and of what life in our country and around the world will look like in a year or two — socially, politically, medically, educationally, and economically.

When it comes to being physically strong much of that is genetics (what God has blessed us with), combined with some hard work (through self-discipline and exercise) and common sense (when it comes to keeping oneself healthy). But when it comes to being strong in other areas I can’t help but think of God’s definition for strength, which is found in His Word.  

The Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12 that God’s power is perfected in our weakness and “Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake, for when I am weak, then I am strong” (verse 9).  We are also told in the Bible to humble ourselves in the presence of the Lord and He will exalt us (James 4:10). We are told that when we depend on Him He goes to bat for us and does through us what is beyond us. And we are told to abide in faith, hope and love “but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). 

 Being strong does not mean being better than others, being forceful, being right, or being opinionated. Being strong means being humble. So, how can you and I be pandemic strong to all of those around us?

Be loving. 

When others feel differently about this virus than you do, be loving. You don’t know their health history, their concerns, or who they may have lost. 

When you disagree with someone’s views, opinions, or what they consider facts, be loving. You could be as wrong as you think they are. 

When others express different political views, be loving. It’s better to be loving than to be “right.” 

When someone else is angry or adamant about an issue, be loving. Assume you have no idea what they have experienced or what pain they might be going through right now. 

Jesus said the world will know we are His followers not by our political views, nor by our theology, nor by our differences in doctrine or our personal values. Jesus said others would know us by our love. Period. 

Jesus couldn’t have said it more simply: Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35 NLT). 

Be pandemic strong by being humble, compassionate, and above all, loving. For “the greatest (and strongest) of these is love.” 

 

Cindi

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 35 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.

In Your Presence Is Fullness Of Joy

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Psalm 16 New Living Translation

 Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge.  I said to the LORD, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.”  The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them!  Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods. I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood or even speak the names of their gods.  LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.  The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!  I will bless the LORD who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.  I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.  No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety.  For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.  You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

Prayer

O Lord,

We lift our eyes to see your glory.

We open our hearts to receive your love.

We engage our minds to understand your truths.

We offer our songs to praise your name.

Lord, as we give you our lives, please take everything that we are, so that we may reveal your blessings to the world.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

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