Monday, February 9, 2015

Day Nine - love keeps no record of wrongs

Welcome to week two of the Love is...a love challenge that will (hopefully!) challenge the way you love.  This challenge has stopped me in my tracks every.single.day!  Today is no different.  I seriously put off writing this post for days because I knew it was a weakness for me.  As if God hasn't been trying hard enough to get my attention, our church service yesterday was about forgiveness.  Within the message, we were reminded about the story of Jonah.  In a nut shell...God spoke to Jonah.  Jonah heard what He said but didn't want to do what God told him to do.  Not only did he not listen, he literally tried to run away from God.  And, we all know what happened next - he was swallowed by a WHALE!  OK, I've been avoiding what God has been trying to tell me so to avoid being ingested by some type of animal...here we go!  :)
Day nine - love keeps no records of wrongs.  Other translations describe it this way - love doesn't keep score of the sins of others (The Message), love does not remember wrongs done against it (Easy-to-Read Version), love does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong (Living Bible), and love doesn't tally wrongs (The Voice).

I could be the poster child on how not to love this way.  I'm uber sensitive and get my feelings hurt easily.  And, I'm sure the majority of the time the other person is completely unaware that they've hurt my feelings.  This is definitely a ME problem!  I won't even try to explain this one.  But, I can definitely work on it!!!

As I said earlier, yesterday's church sermon was right on track with what I needed to hear. Here's just a few of the notes that I scribbled down:

*by holding on to bitterness, I'm missing out on God's peace
*I just need to let.it.go!

*it only takes one person to forgive

*if I'm bitter...how many people are bitter at me?!

*How do we forgive?
     1. Forgive the debt.
     2. Release the offender.
     3. Understand the growth and healing process.  
     4. Make reconciliation.
     5. Express kindness.  
          -The offender will think, "did they really mean that?!" - show them that you did.  

I believe the Lord's prayer perfectly sums up today:

This, then, is how you should pray:  “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
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 6:9-14
God forgives us on a daily basis.  Can you imagine how many times we have done things to Him that he shouldn't forgive us for - but He does?  We can learn to extend this same grace to others.  We can do hard things!
links to the past few days!
day eight - love is not easily angered

Tomorrow is our last day of what love is not - then we jump back to what love is!  I'm so glad you are on this journey with me!  See you tomorrow!

Have a blessed day!  Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly

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6 comments:

  1. Girl, I am sooo the same! Mrs. Over Sensitive here! I agree...most people don't even realize or mean to hurt my feelings. This is probably my number 1 struggle!! I tend to keep it all inside and eats away at me...hate that negativity in me!! The one good thing about being so sensitive is that I try to be extremely careful not to hurt others feelings.

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    1. I'm the same way! I think keeping it in is easier - but it's definitely not. It slowly rots away at me! I don't like being surrounded by negative people - it truly wears on you and starts to bring you down. But...I also need to make sure I'm not the one bringing others down. But, also like you I try to be careful not to hurt others feelings - sometimes at my expense... I'm working on it! #workinprogress :)

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  2. Oh how I struggle with this too! Thanks for the encouragement to let things go (without making me feel guilty)! :) Blessings to you!

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    1. I'm so glad it encouraged you! I hope you come back tomorrow (there's an extra dose of encouragement coming then!). Have a blessed day!

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