Breaking Bread For 7.27.22

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Scripture

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”

Acts 13:38

Reflection

There’s a few ways to look at forgiveness:

  • Forgive if you hope to be forgiven.
  • Forgive to release dead weight.
  • It shows the same grace and mercy God shows us.

How can we ask God for something we won’t freely do? Our forgiveness doesn’t mean we think someone was right; it means we release the bond the offense holds on us. It means that we let go and leave all details to God through grace or mercy. Imagine being enslaved by your unwillingness to forgive. Now visualize those shackles falling off the moment you choose forgiveness.

We can choose to be enslaved by the circumstances or choose the freedom from letting go. We should strive to forgive immediately after we have been wronged, so we can stop carrying the burden. We have enough to deal with and our own sins haunting us; consider lightening your load by choosing to release someone else’s dead weight. Let’s work on it.

What do you think?

Prayer

Father, as I grow and mature I am learning to forgive more, as I know that through my forgiveness of others I demonstrate the grace and mercy You show me. I also believe that You smile upon me with approval. I can’t make someone forgive me, I can’t make someone forgive themselves, and I can’t make someone see the importance of forgiveness and how it impacts their life.

I just pray that You always see my heart and keep it warmed and softened by Your love. I pray for the strength and courage to overcome the temptation to lash out, hold grudges, and move slow to forgiveness. Father, mold me to forgive instantly after the transgression against me, as I believe You forgive me instantly after I have sinned and repented. I don’t want to carry around any more mess so I want to release that stress. In the Name of Your Son, the ultimate servant-leader, I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.27.21

Scripture

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”

Acts 13:38

Reflection

There’s a few ways to look at forgiveness:

  • Forgive if you hope to be forgiven.
  • Forgive to release dead weight
  • It shows the same grace and mercy God shows us.

How can we ask God for something we won’t freely do? Our forgiveness doesn’t mean we think someone was right, it means we release the bond the offense holds on us. It means that through grace or mercy, we let go and leave all of the details to God. Imagine being enslaved by your unwillingness to forgive. Now visualize those shackles falling off the moment you choose forgiveness.

We can choose to be enslaved by the circumstances or we can choose the freedom that comes from letting go. We should strive to forgive immediately after we have been wronged, so we can stop carrying around the burden. We have enough to deal with and our own sins haunting us, consider lightening your load by choosing to release someone else’s dead weight. Let’s work on it.

What do you think?

Prayer

Father, as I grow and mature I am learning to forgive more, as I know that through my forgiveness of others I demonstrate the grace and mercy You show me. I also believe that You smile upon me with approval. I can’t make someone forgive me, I can’t make someone forgive themselves, and I can’t make someone see the importance of forgiveness and how it impacts their life.

I just pray that You always see my heart and keep it warmed and softened by Your love. I pray for the strength and courage to overcome the temptation to lash out, hold grudges, and move slow to forgiveness. Father, mold me to forgive instantly after the transgression against me, as I believe You forgive me instantly after I have sinned and repented. I don’t want to carry around any more mess so I want to release that stress. In the Name of Your Son, the ultimate servant-leader, I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.26.19

Scripture

Be it known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man is proclaimed to you remission of sins,

Acts 13:38 WEB

Reflection

Forgive if you hope to be forgiven. We should strive to forgive immediately after we have been wronged. I know it’s easier said than done, hence why we say we’re “trying to be more like Jesus”, than saying, “I’m just like Jesus”. We’re all works in progress. That doesn’t mean that we can’t try to forgive. Let’s work on it. Take the first steps. Even if it’s, at first, forgiveness for something said, in whole or part.

What do you think?

We could also look at it from another perspective:

I mean, what if God held grudges? What if He partially forgave us and then punished us for what He hadn’t forgiven, how would you feel about that?

Heck, a lot of folks think they’re being punished now, so the concepts aren’t that farfetched. But isn’t that an easy way out? Isn’t it a bigger struggle to consider the hypocrisy and weakness of our inability to forgive others, although our Creator quickly forgives us, and continues to love and protect us?

The mirror is before us. How do we want to live? How do we want God to see us? How do we want to see ourselves? What kind of relationship do we want to have with God? Should we not give what we desire most? Should it not be at the speed and depth that we too would desire?

Ponder that and then decide how you will proceed through life, starting today.

Prayer

Father, as I grow and mature I am learning to forgive more, as I know that through my forgiveness of others You smile upon me. I know that You forgive me of my sins without hesitation, and You expect the same of me.

I can’t make someone forgive me, I can’t make someone forgive themselves, and I can’t make someone see the importance of forgiveness and how it impacts their life and future. But, I can forgive them, and I can forgive myself. I can refrain from holding grudges and stewing in the grievances of past offenses. I can start thriving and stop wallowing in shame and misery. I can focus on my victories and stop obsessing over my losses.

I just pray that You always see my heart and keep it warmed and softened by Your love. I pray for the strength to overcome temptation to lash out, hold grudges, and move slow to forgiveness. Father, mold me to forgive instantly after the transgression against me, as I believe You forgive me instantly after I have sinned—even if I haven’t yet repented. In the name of Your son, Jesus, the ultimate servant-leader, I humbly pray, Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.26.18

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Scripture

Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.

Acts 13:38

Reflection

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Forgive if you hope to be given.

We should strive to forgive immediately after we have been wronged. Let’s work on it.

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Prayer

Father as I grow and mature I am learning to forgive more, as I know that through my forgiveness of others You smile upon me and forgive me of my sins without hesitation.

I can’t make someone forgive me, I can’t make someone forgive themselves, and I can’t make someone see the importance of forgiveness and how it impacts their life and future. It is not about their forgiveness, but mine. I can’t

change their mind and heart, only You can Father.

I pray that You always see my heart and keep it warmed and softened by Your love. I pray for the strength to overcome temptation to lash out, hold grudges, and move slow to forgiveness.

Father mold me to forgive instantly after the transgression against me, as I believe You forgive me instantly after I have sinned and repented.

In the name of Your Son, Jesus, the ultimate servant-leader, I pray, Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 7.26.11

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.

Acts 13:38

Pray
Father as I grow and mature I am learning to forgive more, as I know that through my forgiveness of others You smile upon me and forgive me of my sins without hesitation. I can’t make someone forgive me, I can’t make someone forgive themselves, and I can’t make someone see the importance of forgiveness and how it impacts their life and future.

I just pray that You always see my heart and keep it warmed and softened by Your love. I pray for the strength to overcome temptation to lash out, hold grudges, and move slow to forgiveness. Father mold me to forgive instantly after the transgression against me, as I believe You forgive me instantly after I have sinned and repented. In the name of Your son, the ultimate servant-leader, I pray, Amen.

Reflection
Forgive if you hope to be given. We should strive to forgive immediately after we have been wronged. Let’s work on it. What do you think?

Lovingly,

Natasha

P.S. My apologies for sending this so late in the evening. I thought I had sent this message earlier today, and just noticed otherwise…yes, I was moving too fast today 🙂

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