Forgiveness

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends.” Proverbs 17: 9

Have you been hurt by a friend in the past and it was impossible for you to let go of the hurt? Does it seem impossible to forgive them when whatever they said or did hurt you deeply? Part of true forgiveness is releasing the hurt, letting go of the pain. When we don’t, it becomes a constant spiritual and emotional drain, robbing us of joy and peace. When we refuse to release people from the hurt they have caused us, we are gluing them to their mistakes. When we cling to pain they have caused us, we are refusing to see them as more than something that they have done to cause us pain or anger.

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6: 14

When we accept the forgiveness of God, He separates us from our sins. Then He calls us to do the same with the people in our lives. He doesn’t say that we have to feel like forgiving. He just commands us to forgive. Our obedience is what matters. Forgiveness is an independent act between God and us. It is totally separate from the response of the person we are forgiving. We are not responsible for their reaction; that responsibility belongs to them and to God.

“Now it is time to forgive him and comfort him. Otherwise he may become so discouraged that he won’t be able to recover.” 2 Corinthians 2:7

Our responsibility is to forgive. When we refuse to forgive, we not only harm ourselves, we become a hindrance to God working in the lives of those who hurt us. Anytime that we impede the work of God we are in a dangerous position. To experience the power of forgiveness, we have to quit fishing in the emotional waters of our past. It is time to let go of the hurt. Choose to love your enemies and bless those who have harmed you. You will both be rewarded with peace and happiness and leave room for healthy relationships to grow.

Sweet Blessings

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Loving Who You Are…

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

 

‘Mirror, Mirror On The Wall’ Have you ever looked in a mirror and felt like you were ugly? I think, as women we tend to be very critical of ourselves. Why then is it so easy to look at other women and see the beauty in them? Maybe that can be explained because we don’t love ourselves. So many of us have had a terrible childhood and grew up feeling unworthy of loving anyone, including ourselves… This is a lie of Satan! 
 
If a child grows up in an environment of criticism, the child will learn to be critical. We can’t love others if we disrespect ourselves. What does God teach us about loving ourselves and others? “For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it.” Ephesians 5:29
 
In order to love those around us, we must first learn how to love ourselves. Satan wants us to dislike ourselves so we wont be able to love others. We have to learn how to create feelings of self worth, approval, acceptance and trust. Then we will be able to love who we are and love other people that surrounds us. The whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself”. Galatians 5:14
 
I suggest that we practice looking into our mirrors everyday and saying this prayer… ‘Lord Jesus, give me an overwhelming love and acceptance for myself. Help me to see the beauty in me that you see. Please help me to love myself so that I may show your love to others.Thank you for creating me so perfect in your image.’
 
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.” Psalms 139:13
 
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