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There is no greater love than that of a Mother or Father for their child, and so here’s God’s love letter to us.

Grateful

Posted: September 29, 2018 in car, computing, finance, friendship, life, mobile phone, poverty, quotes
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I read this on a friend’s timeline on Facebook recently, and wanted to share it will you all

It’s very true isn’t, we get so caught up at time with all the latest technology, gadgets, cars etc, that we often can forget to be thankful for what we already possess.

There are so many people in this world who don’t even have a fraction of the possessions we have, yet still we want more. Maybe it’s time to give more to others rather than keep buying more and more for ourself.

Have you ever wondered how God feels when we treat others the way he expects and wants us to? I guess he would feel just the same way we would when we see someone we know or love reaching out in kindness to another person.

In Philippians 2:1-2 (TPT) we find out how God feels:

Look at how much encouragement you’ve found in your relationship with the Anointed One! You are filled to overflowing with his comforting love. You have experienced a deepening friendship with the Holy Spirit and have felt his tender affection and mercy. So I’m asking you, my friends, that you be joined together in perfect unity—with one heart, one passion, and united in one love. Walk together with one harmonious purpose and you will fill my heart with unbounded joy.

Just as we would be filled with joy to see someone we know showing love and kindness to another person, so God would be filled with joy.

It’s great to know that things that even we do, make God happy isn’t it? So let’s not disappoint Him, let’s make sure we keep on trying to live in harmony with one another, showing love and kindness without question, or expecting anything in return.

God forgives us no matter what we’ve done. If God can forgive us of anything, why can we not forgive others when they hurt us?

That makes it sound as if it should be really easy to forgive others, doesn’t? But in reality when someone hurts us really badly it can take incredible strength and character to forgive them and move on or that you can trust them again.

How do we gain that strength and character to be that person? By being a true Christian, after all Jesus told us to:

Jesus said, “Forsake the habit of criticizing and judging others, and then you will not be criticized and judged in return. Don’t look at others and pronounce them guilty, and you will not experience guilty accusations yourself. Forgive over and over and you will be forgiven over and over.” ~ Luke 6:37 (The Passion Translation)

I pray today that God will help each of us to do as Jesus told us, to stop judging and criticising others, but instead forgive them.

In spite of me, God still loves me.

In spite of you, God still loves you.

In fact God really doesn’t care about our past, he’s simply interested in our now and our future. So if we accept Him now, we will realise that our future is secure because God will always love us.

You kissed my heart with forgiveness, in spite of all I’ve done. You’ve healed me inside and out from every disease. ~ Psalm 103:3 (The Passion Translation)

We live in a world where crime, intolerance and hatred seem to be all we hear about on the news. So we need some good news. The good news is that if we can tell the world about Jesus, we can once again live in a world where man loves his fellow-man.

Now, this is the goal: to live in harmony with one another and demonstrate affectionate love, sympathy, and kindness toward other believers. Let humility describe who you are as you dearly love one another. ~ 1 Peter 3:8 (The Passion Translation)

So let this be our goal, to share love, sympathy, and kindness, not just to other believers, but also to non-believers.

“And when you pray, make sure you forgive the faults of others so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you withhold forgiveness from others, your Father withholds forgiveness from you.”

Matthew 6:14-15 (The Passion Translation)

In Again and Again yesterday I told you how God forgives us over and over again when we hurt him. But as the above extract from Matthew’s gospel we are reminded that although God is willing to forgive us over and over again, we must give Him something in return – We must also be willing to forgive those who hurt us, even though that can be one of the most difficult things we ever do.

When we forgive others, we act more like Christ, and so we show God that we want to be more like Him. So remember, to be forgiven we must also forgive.

How difficult is it to forgive someone when they do or say something over and over again, that hurts you?

It’s incredibly difficult isn’t it. It can be hard to forgive some people just the once, but when they continue to hurt you over and over again, it can seem impossible.

That’s why it’s so incredible that no matter how often we hurt God by doing or saying things which are not Christ-like, He still forgives us.

I love the way The Passion Translation puts Psalm 130:3-4, which sums up what I’ve said so well:

Lord, if you measured us and marked us with our sins, who would ever have their prayers answered? But your forgiving love is what makes you so wonderful. No wonder you are loved and worshiped!

That’s true isn’t it, because if you don’t recognise the things you are not so good at, or the things you can’t do, how can you ever hope to improvement on them?

Therefore take some time to fully examine all you do, identify the areas of your life that you’re not so proud of, or know you can do better at, and then make them the areas you concentrate on to improve. You can improve everything in your life, if you understand firstly what’s not quite right about it, and then make a plan to improve on it.

Good luck!

What a great reminder!

I guess we can often take for granted all God has provided for us. After all it’s not just nature, the sun and rain, or the animals God has provided for us – He’s given us everything we own, everything we eat and drink, as well as our family and friendships.

Let’s not take everything God provides for us, for granted, after all how much joy do all these things provide us with!