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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 

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Prayer:

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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Friends

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 10:43 PM Comments comments (8)
5.19.15     Friends

The strangest of companions, of those in fellowship with each other! I am observing my little dog, a toy German Schnauzer, and my daughter’s big dog, a mix of Hound Dog and German Shepherd, playing together. My dog, Pepper, is feisty and standoffish, a Diva, a little intimidated about Gunner, my daughter’s dog, and his size. To one of Gunner’s ‘lopes’, Pepper has to take somewhere around 10-15 steps to catch up with him. It is not uncommon to see him running around the yard at a leisurely pace and her going at break-neck speed to catch up to, or to get away from, him.   Gunner lopes around the yard, unconcerned, only wanting a friend and to play. He leaps and lopes and jumps. He turns and twirls and does all he can to entice her. He even gets down on his belly, face to face at her level. Yet, Pepper stands still and watches him. She doesn’t seem to be the least bit impressed nor does she seem to want to join in. She watches him until he has run himself out and suddenly plops down on the ground, out of breathe. He looks at her and she looks at him. Poor Gunner! He finally accepts the fact she is not impressed and is not going to join in, he lowers his head in resignation.  He lies very still. Pepper meanders over and lies down near to him. And there they are - the odd couple, the best of friends, relaxed and enjoying the quietness of friendship.
How are you in your friendships, those you fellowship with? Do you gravitate to those like you? Do you venture out to others a bit different than you? Ever hear how opposites attract? Sometimes the best of friends are those who are so different and yet so much the same! Sometimes the one who rubs you the most will be the best friend you need to have. They will challenge you, correct you, rub the rough edges off of you, and develop the Fruit of the Spirit in you. They will tell you Truth and this is good stuff!

Proverbs 27:5-6   “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted but an enemy multiplies kisses.”
Proverbs 27:17   “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
Proverbs 27:9  "Oil and perfume make the heart glad; so a man's counsel is sweet to his friend”
- Pastor Sandi