Olive Branch Discipleship Ministries
11.15.22 Let Go
Did you know that the Cross is all about letting go? God the Father is all about letting go? A majority of counseling and life issues are all about letting go? All of these statements are true and once we can take in the reality of these truths, our lives will become more internally peaceful and stable.
One extremely important verse in the Bible concerning this is found in Matthew 6:14-15 :
"IF you forgive men when they sin (offend) you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins (offenses), your Father (in heaven) will not forgive your sins."
Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
Colossians 3:13 "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord for gave you."
Forgiveness does not mean we forget but that we let go of the "right" to hang onto the offense and to get even. Forgiveness does not always mean this person who offended you is safe for you to be around but it does mean you let go of wishing any evil will upon them or that you continue to talk bad about them. Let go and let God deal with them. Think about it. Each and everyone of us has wronged someone at some time in our life, intentionally or unintentionally. And it is a simple fact that we need heavenly Father's forgiveness between us and him every single day. We offend him in our thoughts, our speech, and our actions. I am grateful he sees us through the sacrifice of forgiveness his son Jesus made on the Cross.
Think about it. What kind of life do you want? I want one filled with internal peace and unblocked answers to prayers, with the mercy and goodness of God weaving throughout my spirit and life, no matter what is happening externally.
Check out verses concerning forgiveness towards others, of ourselves, the work on the Cross. You simply cannot love Christ and not be wise to forgive and let go. Lets grow up, become mature in Christ, stop fussing and squabbling and offending. Amen.
-Pastor Sandra Matheson
Heavenly Father, bring to our remembrance of sacrifice that Jesus went through on the Cross to submit a blood sacrifice for our sins, individually and collectively. Let us be mindful of not taking on any offenses and not putting out any. Help us to remember we are all human and have stressful and bad days, hurts and wounds that cannot be seen, and how we would like to be treated as well. Give us wisdom to know when to truly forgive and to walk away, knowing that person or situation is not healthy for us. We desire to be free and healthy in mind, body, soul, and spirit. Amen www.olivebranchdiscipleshipministries.com
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I have been pondering on comfort and encouragement and how it can effect the human being.
Have you noticed that you get more comments of criticismLearn of encouragement? It seems we are surrounded with correction and negative comments most of the time. The world is rushing good,nd and so focused on "tomorrow" that few are aware of today. Jesus told us to focus on today and be thoughtful about tomorrow. "Take no thought of tomorrow for sufficient for the day is the evil thereof" Matthew 6:34
In counseling I have noticed over and over again that people are fully aware, or think they are, of all they do wrong or all they mess up. They are not aware of their value or what they do that is positive. Words are powerful and carry great weight; they will bring comfort or discouragement. It is hard to not respond to someone who is positive and imparts positive to us. We are drawn to someone who seems to see something good in us, something acceptable and something worthwhile. Jesus does this. His Word does this. How thankful I am for both - one and the same. The simple truth is, one cannot impart comfort or encouragement or Life to anyone if they don't have it themselves.
Don't you feel like the world needs this? I do! It doesn't mean that correction is not needful, or to be brought to us, but it does make a huge difference in how it is done. So much hurt, so much pain and so many disappointments, so much anger colors our words. Selfishness comes from our fear of not getting what we need, fear of losing what we have.
Today we have a choice: will we be one who comforts, encourages, brings a positive word to someone, or will we be the one who is critical and negative and brings condemnation and hopelessness? This can be "death" to the hearer. Keep in mind that none of us really deserves goodness.
Romans 3:12 "They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”
Romans 10:15 "And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
Romans 15:2 "Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification"
We all fail, we all blow up, we all can bite and chew each other up.
Galatians 5:15 "But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!"
However, it is time for a change. It will take one person at a time, one on one. I am quite sure that we would prefer that people are patient and kind to us, understanding and encouraging, uplifting and positive. I am quite sure that we would prefer someone see that what we are doing is good and that we are not all "bad". Isn't this true?
So, will you add to the problem or will you be a strong part of the solution? Learn how to bring instruction and correction so that the person blooms instead of dies. A "win-win". Learn how to speak to those around you as you would want them to speak to you. Think about how you want someone to treat your heart of emotions and feelings. Learn to impart goodness and not evil.
Step out today and change the world. It won't be easy but it is possible. Stay the course and be purposeful. Don't let the big bag of wind of adversity and opposition blow out your Light! Rise up and be a child of God and not a child of the devil. Purpose to find the positive instead of all the negative. Be a helpmate to Jesus and not a hindrance. You will benefit too! Today is the day!!! Get going! What you give out you will get back.................
- Pastor Sandi
Job 16:2,5 "I have heard many things like this; you are miserable comforters, all of you!" "But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief."