Forgiveness: God’s Antidote to Bitterness – Part I

Forgiveness

At some point, we have all struggled with forgiving someone who hurt us through words or deeds. The flesh naturally rebels against forgiving anyone who hurts us deeply or causes us pain. Trained to respond to such circumstances through our senses, we find ourselves reacting emotionally in ways that eventually lead to physical, psychological, and spiritual destruction – not only to ourselves, but also to our children. The words we speak will also shape the relationship between our children and both parents; words have the power to further strain or to help heal the relationships.

It is very difficult to forgive and to speak words of encouragement when we are wounded, but the reverse (wounding our children through negative opinions) will only lead to problems that may be difficult to eventually overcome. We must allow our Father’s wisdom to penetrate our hearts, because it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. If we permit our Father to comfort us, today will be a day of breakthrough! He has given us everything we need to recover. When we were born again, He gave us His nature – His capacity to forgive. This is how He knows we can do it! We are daughters of the King with the royal DNA of our Heavenly Father! Forgiveness prevents the enemy from polluting our hearts and the hearts of our children with anger, bitterness, and rage.

According to the Word, forgiveness is a reciprocal process. As tough as this may sound, our Father requires us to forgive, if we desire forgiveness. “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings” (Mark 11:26 AMP). Our Heavenly Father understands that some offenses have more serious consequences than others, but He also knows that if we don’t forgive, healing and restoration will never occur. He knows forgiveness is possible because Jesus, who experienced every hurt mankind can experience, never stopped loving us unconditionally. He was persecuted, afflicted, beaten beyond recognition, jeered at, bathed in the spit of His accusers, taunted, and rejected by the sinners He loved and had come to save. He still allowed Himself to be hung on a cross to die for our sins and for our forgiveness, although man was His enemy. In spite of His sufferings, He asked our Father to forgive those who persecuted Him, “…because they know not what they do…” (Luke 23:34 KJV). He didn’t check in with His emotions for direction.His forgiveness was quick and automatic. While our Father does not expect us to subject our bodies to tree hanging, He does expect us to imitate Jesus, to model His behavior for our children, and to allow Him to heal our hearts.

Knowing that an unrenewed mind limits our ability to forgive, our Father wants to help us change our attitude and response to painful situations, although He does understand that becoming God-like is a process. He wants us to “…be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image…” (Ephesians 4:23-24 AMP).

Next week we will continue with this topic and look to God’s Word to renew our minds and transform us into forgiving and grace-sharing vessels to those around us.

 

 

The Wise Woman Builds Her House – Part II

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“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 3:9-11 NIV).

Last week we learned that we must be expert builders –who build our houses upon the Rock. We learned that we must have a foundation of godly principles, create an architectural plan, and embrace teamwork and unity. This week we’ll learn about three additional keys to building ourselves up so that we can be all we are meant to be as princesses in God’s Kingdom.

  1. Follow the Rules                                        

When building a house, we abide by the building codes and laws of the governing city or county. Each great house is built on discipline and regulations; in the same way, every kingdom has a ruler and subjects. God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses for God’s people to abide by. In addition to this, there are biblical laws and statutes that bring us long life and prosperity. Following these laws, commandments, and statutes allows us to enjoy great stability in life. Psalms 103:19 says, “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all” (NIV). As princesses, we should set a standard by following the King’s decrees.

  1. Protect Our Investments

We should safeguard ourselves so that we are not overtaken by the thief. In John 10:10, we are reminded that the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. No one builds a beautiful house, furnishes it nicely, and leaves the door and windows open for the thief to come in and steal. Jesus said that He has come so that we may have life more abundantly. We must protect ourselves by guarding our eyes and ears, the gateway to our heart. With our eyes, we form perceptions about situations. Through our ears, we not only hear, but form opinions. These are the representation of the windows and doors to our building. It is critical for us to safeguard these in order to live an abundant life full of God’s promises.

  1. Presentation to the Rightful Owner

Our goal should be to present an excellent and unique building to the homeowner. The house that we build is for the glory of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Hebrews 3:4 says, “For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything” (NIV). We need to remember that our citizenship is in heaven and not of this earth. In Hebrews 3:6, it also says, “But Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end” (NKJV).

The Wise Woman Builds Her House

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“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, […]

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Ladies’ Night In – Tonight!

Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly Ladies’ Night In Bible Study tonight, March 25th. We have 12 incredible classes for you to choose from! We also have special classes for our young girls between grades 1st- 6th, as well as our teen girls grades 7th – 12th. So, invite some girlfriends and be […]

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Ladies’ Night In – March 25th

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Ladies’ Night In Bible Study is next Tuesday, March 25th. We had so much fun in February with delicious food, wonderful fellowship, and over the top amazing classes.  Ladies left encouraged and refreshed after this great night. If you were not able to join us in February, sign up today by clicking on the image above. It isn’t […]

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How Does a Woman of God Manage Her Time and Money?

A few years ago, my husband hired a man to paint our dining room. As my husband explained why he wasn’t able to perform the paint job himself, the painter made a statement that left a great impression on me. He said, “Time and money are the two things you can’t have at the same […]

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Delicious Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna-Rolls

Looking for a new dinner recipe to cook for your family? Try these delicious lasagna rolls that will become a favorite for everyone! Ingredients 1 box of lasagna noodles cooked as directed 1 pkg. Italian sausage, hot or mild ½ yellow onion, diced 6 garlic cloves, diced 2 29 oz. cans of tomato sauce ½ cup […]

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Ladies’ Night In – Tomorrow Night!

Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly Ladies’ Night In Bible Study starting tomorrow, February 25th. We have 12 incredible classes for you to choose from! We also have special classes for our young girls between grades 1st- 6th, as well as our teen girls grades 7th – 12th.  So, invite some girlfriends and be a part of our fun girls’ […]

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The Army is Arising!

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Sunday night was a powerful , yet  fun, night for the entire family. From start to finish every element ministered to the hearts of God’s soldiers and encouraged them to rise up, stand, and fight against the enemy. When people first walked into the foyer they saw green camouflage sprinkled with pink everywhere. Crowns and […]

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Ladies’ Night In Bible Study – February 25th

Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly Ladies’ Night In Bible Study starting next Tuesday, February 25th. We have 12 incredible classes for you to choose from! We also have special classes for our young girls between grades 1st- 6th, as well as our teen girls grades 7th – 12th.  So, invite some girlfriends and be a part of our fun […]

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