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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In listening to many conversations concerning the conditions of life and the world, I have been very aware of the language around me and of the negative and positive attitudes that fill our lives. I have been thinking.......
Do you see the glass half full or half empty? Do you approach life with a negative or positive outlook? It seems to me that this is the issue of life these days. We have a choice to receive information with a negative concept or a positive one. Negative will say, "if anything bad can happen to me, it will." Positive will say, "It all looks bad but there is a positive way to approach this."
It seems to me that in these days there is much more negative than positive. I know, you could say, "I am just being truthful and realistic about it all." Yes, that is true. I think we must always see the truth in the situation or the circumstance, by all means, but it's the mind set in which we approach it all that will determine a good outcome for us and open a place up for our God to work for our good. Lots of things happen and lots of people over come them to stand victorious in life. Truth can change in an instant and our attitude can as well with more information or a better outlook.
Life can be hard and there is much fear abounding these days. Who can you trust? Information and solutions seems to change without warning. People state something and then take it back. Is there anything that is sure and good and dependable? Yes. The Word of God has all the answers to life's concerns and challenges and will give good solid steps to overcome. We have a Life Manual that most never open up or take time to read. You would be surprised how up to date it is, how relevant it is for our days and our times. Check it out. God is always current.
Half full? Half empty? Negative or positive? It's all about choice. I choose to see half full.
- Pastor Sandi