Monday, March 9, 2009

art of forgiveness

Our Warrior series at The Community has been a huge bit as lives are changing in God-sized ways.  This weekend talked about how God wants to heal the wounded warrior.  One of the ways he wants to heal us is through forgiveness.
 
This series is about men being who God called us to be.  We must be role models and lead our kids to Jesus.  That is not a easy task.  Yet for some men to get there they have to allow old wounds to heal.  Forgiving someone will heal a wound, but forgiveness is no easy task.
 
Colossians 3:13 (nlt) --- Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
 
Matthew 6:14 (nlt) --- If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
 
Forgiving works in both directions, the one receiving and the one giving.  God uses this to heal all kind of wounds.  Watch that happen as you practice what is almost a lost art of forgiveness.
 
Matthew 18:21-22 (nlt) --- Then Peter came to him and asked, "Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?"  "No, not seven times," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven!
 
By offering forgiveness and practicing the art of forgiveness we will see people change, hearts softened and God become more and more real in our lives and to the people we encounter.  I believe that God is calling me and calling you to empower other to be well, healed and a part of His kingdom work. 
 
Practice the art of forgiveness.  It might just surprise you what God does when you do.

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happy birthday, Julie

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