Jul 12, 2012

Thursday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Ecclesiastes 9

Happy Serve-Day Thursday, SHINE girls!

I have a "serving" challenge for you today.

Are you ready?

I want us to serve someone today by forgiving them.

Yes, you heard me correctly.....forgive.

God has been hammering my heart this week with this "forgiveness" word. He is in a relentless pursuit for our hearts to be purified and cleansed by forgiveness.

Girls, when we hang onto our hurts and our pride, we cannot be used by the Lord as He so desires to use us.

When we choose to not forgive, it is like being glued to our seats. We see all the "action" of the Lord working around us, but we cannot seem to get out of our chair and be used.

The glue is the build-up of of an unforgiving heart. It is. Pure and simple.

Do you feel disconnected when you pray to the Lord at times?

Check your forgiveness meter, friends. If you are carrying around even an ounce of that ugly "unforgiving" stuff, it will put a wall between you and the Lord. It will.

Picture this:  Jesus hanging on the cross as the people are hurling insults and accusations at Him. He looks up to God and says, "Forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Girls, it's time to forgive.

Let it go. Free your heart to be in perfect communion with the Father.

He forgives us daily. We need to follow His example. Right now.

Serve someone a big, beautiful plate of forgiveness today. Go to the Lord, and tell him you are ready to let it go. You want to be un-glued from your seat and get on with your beautiful life.

He is beckoning to do some big stuff in your life, girls.

Let Him.

unglued,

jill

For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6: 14

Then Peter came up to Him and said, Lord, how many times may my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? [As many as] up to seven times? Jesus answered him, I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven! Matthew 18: 21-22

So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses. Matthew 18: 35


Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. Colossians 3: 13

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop. Mark 11:25

5 comments:

  1. Forgiveness! WHEW! I was hit over the head this morning with THAT word! I didn't even realize that I was harboring resentment (or hate) until the Lord pointed it out to me. I'm through with resentment & hatred! Letting it go!

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  2. Just for me, yes it was. Washing away my hurt feelings with forgiveness... Love you, Jilly!
    Bek

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  3. First time I've posted you on my wall...but you are there today. Go there Jill and see...same Holy Spirit!!! We are marching to the same drummer...Create in me a clean heart O LORD!!! Our cry forevermmore!!! Unforgiveness...including disappointment and resentment...even if we have so-called just cause as the lawyer says it in the courtroom...contaminates our hearts!! Do we have unanswered prayer? Are we waiting on God? He's waiting on us to obey Him...we are in our own way...Moving out of my way...if you get me!!! Love you girl!!! Woo Hoo!!! Wait until y'all hear me post about May...she's 90 and in South Africa...had me dancing last night...Woo Hoo!!!!!

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  4. Anonymous7/12/2012

    Wow! Thank you, Jill. Such a good word. Perhaps it is a good word for every day(for real). As I read SHINE, I searched my heart for any unforgiveness. I thought of a recent unkindness toward me and I forgave it and then searched for others. Forgiving someone else and forgiving ourselves is a wonderful open door to freedom to love others and to enjoy the close presence of the Lord. Why in the world do we resist forgiving others? It blesses them in ways we may not always know, but it blesses us in a simply superb way. Of course it does. It is obeying the Word of God. Thank you, Lord Jesus for paying the price for us. Amen!

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  5. Anonymous7/12/2012

    well..........this keeps coming up today! hmmmmmmmmmmm?

    Love the new song by Matthew West...FORGIVENESS. Song was inspired my a mother who forgave a drunk driver for taking her daughter's life! She actually fought to get his prison sentence reduced and now travels with him to speak about drunk driving...WHOA!

    You have to read the story
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/20/renee-napier_n_1440809.html

    heres the video for the song too
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1Lu5udXEZI (check it out)

    Favorite part in the song:
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    It’ll clear the bitterness away
    It can even set a prisoner free
    There is no end to what its power can do
    So let it go and be amazed by what you see through eyes of grace
    The prisoner that it really frees is you
    Forgiveness, forgiveness
    Oh, forgiveness, forgiveness

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    Holding on to whatever it is...makes us dark, bitter and vicious, often times without even realizing it!

    Let it go girls...it is what we are supposed to do!
    32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

    It is, after all, what God does every time we make a mistake!

    Saved by GRACE,
    Kim J

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