The Hard Work (and Art) of Forgiveness

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Forgiveness is a common theme in my office.

Forgiveness of ourselves.

And, forgiveness of our loved ones.

Much like the art of letting go, forgiveness can be one of life’s trickiest bitches.

We must learn to forgive

I believe the people hurting the most on this earth are the ones who are holding onto to things that simply cannot be changed; past hurts, betrayals and disappointments. Especially the ones committed by our loved ones against us. The ones we really don’t have control over.

When we hold onto these past hurts they very easily eat us from the inside out and don’t move us to being who we are truly meant to be.

When we hold onto these past hurts we live our lives from fear and not love.

When we hold onto these past hurts we are the only ones holding ourselves back from moving forward.

The art of…

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Prayer

Lord, I know that none of us are in charge of our own destiny; none of us have control over our own life. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭10‬:‭23‬ GNT)

No one is in control of their destiny. God wants us to turn to Him instead of fly our own plane. I for one
don’t want to fly my own plane.

Lord, I know that none of us are in charge of our own destiny; none of us have control over our own life. Help us to rely on Your love and mercy today and every day for the rest of our lives. In your name, amen.

Bible

For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death physically, but made alive spiritually, (‭1 Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭18‬ GNT)

What a Sunday…..

I thought I couldn’t think of anything that would ever cause Paramount Baptist Church senior teaching pastor Gil Lain to stop in the middle of one of his sermons.

Well I was wrong.

A power outage near the end of today’s service caused quite a bit of confusion– even sending our special needs class home (I feel sorry for Gil. I really do!) I think about our ACE Retreat this summer where something like this happened and we were on the dark for 5 hours. Prayers were being said….

Pray– Phillippians 4:4-6

Take a moment today and pray through this passage line by line:

-Always be full of joy in the Lord. Remember, the Lord is coming soon (and He’s NEAR).
-Don’t worry about anything. What fear/worry is blocking your joy?
-Instead, pray about everything. There’s nothing too big or small to go to Jesus with.
-Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.
-Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

The most painful conversation I have ever had….

I just finished talking to Rachel, a Instagram friend of mine who is a Catholic Bisexual. I had some concerns that surrounded one key verse of scripture that astounded and stunned me:

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. ” (John 15:12 ESV).

As hard as it is to admit this, I have had a hard time loving these people as Jesus loves me. Of course being gay or bisexual is different from being autistic like I and others like me, but God loves us all the same 😉 and no matter our lot in life we can look to and at Him, the author and writer of our Faith. (Hebrews ____)

I love gay and bisexual people just as much as Christ loves me. 🙂