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 7.8.22

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Scripture

The Lord approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness.

Proverbs 12:2 NLT

Reflection

You are not responsible for others’ actions or lack thereof, but you are responsible for yourself, what you do, how you behave, and how you speak to yourself and others.

You have a choice to rise above situations or lower yourself to sling mud like a wild animal. You have a choice to do the right thing or give in to the enemy’s plan. You have a choice to help others and be an asset, or you can be a liability through your selfishness, self-centeredness, and pride. You can use your intelligence for the greater good or plant and cultivate the seeds of evil.

When you plan to do harm either through action or inaction, you are working as a servant of the enemy, not for God.

You have a choice. That’s the beauty and blessing of being God’s creation. We can choose. We also must deal with the consequences of our choices. God nor the enemy is responsible for our choices. You make choices out of fear or faith, selfishness or selflessness. Take ownership.

Prayer

Father, protect me from myself when I turn inwards and don’t reflect Your goodness. Protect me from those moments when I don’t speak up but should, and as a result I am hurt. Protect me from others who plot and plan against me. Protect Your children so that they do no harm to others and receive no harm in return.

Prepare and protect those coming into this world through birth, and prepare and protect those leaving this world to go to the next level of existence. Let us all see, gravitate towards, and choose to embrace and reflect Your Light rather than dig our heads inside holes of darkness.

Father, forgive me for my sins, forgive those who have sinned against me, and help me to forgive them and myself. Knowing that You make possible the impossible, I say thank You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Devotional: Forgiveness and Letting go of Fear and Anger

Pastor Mark Jeske wrote in his Time of Grace Bible plan, a devotional entitled “Marriage is hard: we’re stubborn” that:

Apologizing is hard work. You know what else is hard? Forgiving an apologizing spouse. 
Why? Why should that be hard? Well, for one, it’s easy to suspect that the apology isn’t sincere (“I’m sorry.” “You are not!”). For another, when this isn’t the first argument on a certain misbehavior, the wounded party sees a trend and fears it will continue indefinitely. Am I enabling more of this bad behavior? For another, staying angry gives you emotional leverage. For another, staying wounded gives you the moral high ground in future negotiations. Your injury is an asset–why would you give away this form of capital? 

Holding onto anger, however, poisons your soul. It marinates your spirit in toxins that will affect everything else in your life and especially in this most important of all your human relationships. Holding anger blinds you to your spouse’s gifts and values for your life and keeps you from seeing his or her efforts to make things better. 

There’s a better way. “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13). What breaks you out of these anger ruts is the sweet remembrance of the massive debt of ours that our Lord Jesus forgave. If we show a bitter and unforgiving spirit to our spouse, we are daring God to do the same to us. 

Let it go.