Thursday, February 24, 2011

You'll poke your eye out!!

Lets do a little "experiment"! Are you ready? Okay now I want you to stick your finger in your eye. Thats right just do it. I know, I know. Tell me how did it feel? It hurt didn't it. Could you see clearly after you did that? I bet not at first. That is sin in our lives its like a finger in the eye. It hurts us and causes us to not see things clearly. When we judge others we're judging with imperfect vision.

Matthew 7:4 ASV
Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me cast out the mote out of thine eye; and lo, the beam is in thine own eye?

So often we judge others. I catch myself doing this daily. Whether its their clothes, hair, makeup or actions I tend to judge. I'm trying to remind myself that this person that I'm judging either likes what they're wearing, how their hair looks or what they are doing OR its the best they're circumstances allow. There are times when your asked to sit on a jury and judge someones actions but thats not what we're talking about here. This is our daily sin of judgment. I ask, are you perfect? Are you sinless? Have you never done something similar? Were all of your fashion choices in life runway approved? Were you a kid in the late 80's and 90's if so we know you had hair to repent for!

Matthew 7:1 NIV
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

Luke 6:37 NIV
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Matthew 7:2 NIV
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

The scripture goes on and on for this subject. Hmm I wonder if God was trying to tell us something?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Is trusting, forgeting?

Alright so it wasn't the next day that I got back to this. Life has been a little crazy and it took me a few! Well here's the question of the day...Is trusting again after you have been hurt the same as forgetting? The topic at hand is forgive and forget. That's the saying and what so many think their suppose to do but struggle with. Well let me go ahead and relieve a little burden for you. Your not God. Therefore you can't forgive and forget. He can, when we ask for forgiveness and repent, our sins are covered under the blood. No longer seen by God. They are as far as the east is from the west. He sets them aside and sees them no more. Again I reiterate your not God. We are to strive to be Christ like. So we work toward an understanding of the wrong that hurt us and give forgiveness. We then rebuild the trust that was broken. Once something has been broke its never the same again. Sometimes it no longer works right, only does the job half as good as before. Sometimes it works again but its just not pretty. Sometimes all we want to do is sweep it into the garbage. BUT you can't Jesus didn't sweep you into the garbage. So you grab the superglue and work the puzzle back together. Sometimes when something is broke and then repaired it strengthens it. Its never the same as it once was but it can be stronger. Our trust in others is that way. We have to work at fixing it. Its never the same again but it can still be good maybe even stronger too. In the back of our minds we'll always remember that our trust was broken. That's okay. It keeps us from having it broke again the same way as before. Its only when you dwell on it, ya know keep the pressure on the cracks that it can never function again.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Does forgivness require forgetfulness?

We often hear the line "forgive and forget". It sounds really easy but can you? Have you? Should you? Is it biblical? Are we suppose to? Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, Yes, Yes, No, No Yes and Yes. There that was really easy to solve! Bet you thought I was going to blog about forever about this!!

The truth is I can give you a solid answer on part of it. Yes you are to forgive. Yes that means EVERYTHING. Is it easy to forgive no, but through the shed blood of Jesus Christ we have been forgiven of ALL of our sins as long as we choose to accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Forgiveness doesn't always come quickly or easily. It takes work but if your not willing to understand and forgive then what does that say about you and your relationship with Jesus? I'm not going to type the entire passage but grab your bible and read Matthew 18 21-35. Go ahead I'll wait for you to finish! ~~~~~~~~ Good your back. We have been forgiven shouldn't we share that same mercy. Have you never hurt another? Is there nothing in your life that you need to ask forgiveness for? Jesus said in Luke 23:34 Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. He was asking forgiveness for those who hurt him. Aren't we to live like Jesus? Are we not suppose to model Him? Who are we to do any less?

What if the person who hurt you isn't a Christian? What if they haven't asked for your forgiveness? What if they don't feel they have hurt you? Luke 23:34 Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. You can't dispute the word of God. At this point I would suggest understanding. I was abused as a girl. We hear that statement and think "Oh bless her" but we don't look past it. I was beat, tormented and terrorized by someone who was suppose to protect me. I have forgiven my abuser. Through understanding and Gods grace I can forgive. I can be in a room with this person, talk to them even have a somewhat relationship with them. They have never asked my forgiveness. They have blocked this from their life. I unfortunately can not. (that's tomorrows blog!) The point is my forgiveness is not based on them. Its based on me and Jesus. Once I gathered an understanding of why then I could work past it. I'm not saying what they did was okay, or right, but I can see why they did what they did. Can you? Can you look past your hurt for understanding? It doesn't always make sense and its not usually how we would have handled things but it is what it is. Can you forgive?
Next we'll work on the forgetting part.