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
|Posted on March 17, 2020 at 12:57 PM|
Proverbs 1:5 "Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.: (English Standard Version)
Philippians 4:9 "What you have learned and received and heard and seen in Me - practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." (English Standard Version)
2 John 1:9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son."
2 Timothy 3:7 "Always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the Truth." (English Standard Version)
What do these verses have in unity? Learning without practical application (knowledge and understanding) has no value. What we learn in the teachings of the Gospels and the Bible must be applied to practical use in our life to have the proof of them. So many people today are learning and studying and are continual students but have no fruit of content of what they learn to show the value and reward in their lives. What good is that? I want to know how all this information you are sharing with me, works. I want to know what the benefit of the information will be to me in my life.
We are so quick to learn but so lazy to apply. To apply all our learning requires perseverance and purpose, not giving up, overcoming challenges and obstacles, faithfulness, trusting God when it seems foolish to do so and their seems to be no way. We, as Believers in Christ Jesus, are to be a peculiar people who are set apart from the ways and understandings of the world and show proof of our faith by holding onto what we have learned and proving it out in our daily walk of life. Don't give up! Don't be overwhelmed. Don't lose faith and don't lose your confidence in Christ. The reward is tremendous! Purpose to set yourself under discipleship/mentorship and live what you are learning.
Proverbs 5:12 "You will say, 'How I hated discipline (discipleship)! How my heart spurned correction!"
Hebrews 10:35 "So do not throw away your confidence (in Christ); it will be richly rewarded."
- Pastor Sandra Matheson
Categories: Learning and Discipleship