Posts Tagged ‘forgiveness’

Story of the day:  There are no replays in life, but there is forgiveness

Every Saturday, Jeff and I love to watch college football.  If any of you know how exciting it is to it watch on T.V., it is even more exciting when an awesome play gets shown a few times more through T.V.’s instant replay.  Though having our life replayed would be great during some of the best times in our life, it wouldn’t be a great reminder for those times in our lives that weren’t so good.

Could you imagine having to live a life, where replays existed, and we could never move beyond them?  I would hate to see all of my errors replayed over and over again.  Because of this, I am so grateful that there aren’t replays in life, but that there is forgiveness.  Forgiveness is like when we had VCR’s, back in the old days, and someone taped over a significant piece of footage.  You know it was there, but it’s not anymore?  Now, all you have to go on is the memory of what was, and not so much what is anymore.

I want to encourage those of you that may be struggling with something that you keep replaying over and over in your mind or life, and remember that Jesus paid the ultimate price for you.  His Grace washes over your life and He forgives you of all that you have done.  Let Him tape over that old life that you are trying to keep alive, and replace it with some new footage.  After all, what good are replays if they aren’t any good?

Quote of the day:  Christy Povolish

“Let God Grace tape over your past with the present.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 1:7

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Grace.  It is Your Grace that has washed away my sins and made me whole.  Your love covered my life and because of this, the replays of sin in my life have been erased.  Thank You for sharing this day with me and for loving me as You do!  I thank You for all the blessings, in the good and bad times in my life!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

The Grinch                                                                                                                                                                                     Quote of the day:  Wrestling with yourself about forgiving?

     Have you ever seen a wrestling match?  It usually consists of two people that are clinching, holding, and locking in some sort of engagement to beat their opponent.  But, I have never been to a wrestling match where it was only one person trying to defeat himself.  In the movie, The Grinch, Jim Carrey, an actor who plays the actual Grinch, depicts the wrestling matches that he has with himself.  In one scene that stands out, he has been invited to a Jubilee.  But because of the hurt that one Who had caused, he wasn’t sure if he wanted to go, and he began to wrestle with himself about it.  He says, “Never those Who’s, inviting me down there, on such short notice.  Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn’t allow it.”  He looks at his schedule and says, “4:00 wallow in self-pity,  4:30 stare into the abyss, 5:00 solve world hunger and tell no one, 5:30 jazzersize, 6:30 dinner with me-I can’t cancel that again, 7:00 wrestle with myself loathing.  I’m booked, course if I bump the loathing to 9:00, I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling, and slip slowly into madness, but what would I wear?”  He continues to struggle with himself about going, but can’t seem to make the decision.  Finally, his dog, pulls a cord, which sends him sliding all the way to Whoville. 

     Because he had wrestled with himself about not liking the Who’s,  he began to feel sorry for himself.  And the hatred he  had for the Who’s had caused his heart to shrink to an oblivion because of the way that he had been treated.  Or maybe, he just liked being mistreated and left alone.  Or did he?  No one ever wishes to be mistreated and alone.  God didn’t design us that way.  Maybe, just maybe the Grinch didn’t know how to start over.  Many times, our hurts can cause us to be more like the Grinch than we think.  If someone doesn’t call and check on us, or if unwise words seem to find their way to our ears, or someone has blatantly just hurt our feelings, we tend to place those feelings deep within our hearts, causing the shrinkage of love for others.    

     So how do we move past this point of abyss and stop wrestling with our self?  Well, let’s take a look at how the Grinch resolves this issue and apply it spiritually to our lives.  The Grinch had just taken all the Who’s Christmas items just so they could be as hurt as he had been.  Isn’t that what we do, because we have been hurt, we think that we should hurt the person that has hurt us by not speaking to them or by placing our self on their level.  In this case, one Who hurt the Grinch, and because of that one person who hurt him, he was now going to make the entire Who’s Christmas as miserable as he could.  But it didn’t go the way that he had planned.  The Who’s were not sulking in their beds, sad and upset, instead they began to sing merrily even with all of their things gone.  He couldn’t understand why the Who’s were so happy.  What happened then?  The Grinch’s heart grew 3 sizes that day and he began to see things in a new light.  But why did his heart grow?  In this part of the movie the Grinch recognized how wrong he had been and wanted to asked for forgiveness.  When he saw things in a different light, he was able to forgive those that had hurt him.  Seems a little like the relationship we have with our Father in Heaven.  He sees our hearts and knows that if we can see things in His Light, though His Son, that our hearts can grow 3 times the size that it actually is  if we are willing to ask for forgiveness and to forgive others as God has forgiven us.  

Quote of the day:  The Grinch    

“You caught me officer. I did it, I’m the Grinch that stole Christmas, and I’m sorry.  

Bible verse of the day: Matthew 6:14

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

It is not always easy to forgive those that have hurt us.  I pray that You grow my heart 3 times it’s size so that I can see things in a different light and just as You have forgiven, I am able to forgive.  I thank You for forgiving me of the things that I have done and for showing me when I need to ask for forgiveness.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day: Erase the Mistake

There are many different types of boards in my classroom. I have state of the art Smart Boards, bulletin boards, and the good ol’ fashioned chalk boards. Each has a way of getting the message across, all the while getting rid of  mistakes that can be made on them. I found an interesting story that Dr.Tony Evans wrote about in his book of illustrations about forgiveness using the chalk board. He writes:

One of the things that I loved to do when I was in elementary school was to write on the blackboard. Whenever the teacher wanted a volunteer to write on the blackboard, I would regularly raise my hand. One of the beautiful things about the blackboard was if you made a mistake with the chalk, there was always the eraser to rid yourself of the error. Forgiveness works the same way. It is the cancellation of something. It is the deletion of an error. It is the ability to erase a mistake and start over again.

Quote of the day:  Henry Ward Beecher

“I can forgive, but I cannot forget” is only another way of saying, “I will not forgive.”  Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note, torn in two and burned up, so that it can never be shown against the forgiven party again.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 18:35

“So my Heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to always have a forgiving heart, willing to put aside what another has done, so that Your forgiveness may shine through me and to others.  I pray that if there is any unforgiving moments left in my heart to bring them to the surface so that they may be resolved.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

                                                                                                                 Story of the day:  The art of forgiveness

   Forgiveness is such an important part of our Christian walk.  It represents what God is all about and shows just how much He loves us by doing it Himself.  So many times, we get into the moment of what someone may have done to us, that we forget how easy it is to make mistakes, and with that grudges are held, hardening of hearts takes place, and forgiveness becomes harder to do. 

   Family Christian Press, wrote in a short story entitled The Wisdom to Forgive, “that even the most mile-mannered people will, on occasion, have reason to become angry with the inevitable shortcomings of other people.  But wise individuals are quick to forgive others, just as God has forgiven them.

   Some, having been placed in positions of leadership, serve as important role models.  As such, they must be role models of forgiveness to others.

   Are you easily frustrated by the inevitable shortcomings of people?  Are you a prisoner of bitterness or regret?  If so, perhaps you need a refresher course in the art of forgiveness.

   So, if there exists even one person, alive or dead, whom you have not forgiven (and that includes yourself), follow God’s commandment and His will for your life: forgive.  Hatred and bitterness and regret are not part of God’s plan for your life.  Forgiveness is.”  Don’t let too much time go by without forgiveness.  Being angry, holding grudges, and not forgiving others is not a part of God’s plan and to not let go of these things will only do you more harm by allowing it to fester inside of you.

Quote of the day:  Author Anonymous 

“Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging an injury makes you even with him; forgiving an injury sets you above him!”

Bible verse of the day:  Colossians 3:13

“bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today as I go on with my day, I will seek and pray about people whom I still need to forgive.  Father, I have to remember that even when I may feel tempted to get angry and lose my cool at those who have hurt me, that I must remember what Your commandment clearly says about forgiveness.  Father, just as You have forgiven me for all that I have done, let me also offer this up to You when I forgive others.  Father life is so short and the time that we have to do Your will here on Earth holds no time for not forgiving.  Instead, to not forgive others, does nothing more but keeps me from freely doing what You have called me to do.  I love You Father and I thank You for this day and for the forgiveness that You have bestowed upon me. 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen