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We can talk about forgiving people who wrong us, but do we really forgive and forget?

We can say our lack of action in a particular situation hasn’t haunted us, but do we ever really get that regret out of our consciousness?

We may put on our ‘public face’ so others can’t see our true feelings, but that doesn’t mean we don’t feel overwhelmed by our emotions in public.

It can seem at times as if we have little to give, little to offer anyone. However I believe there is a reason why we are each placed just where we are.

However little we think we can do, or offer to others, God has placed us just where He needs us.

 

Probably one of the best known verses from scripture, but is it one you’ve stopped to really think about its meaning recently?

With darkness can come fear, depression, hatred and turmoil, which I’m sure none of us want to experience. At least this verse from scripture reassures us that if we have faith in God, He will be with us always.

I often find it strange, but reassuring, when, just when I need it, a particular song pops onto the radio, or is randomly chosen by my iPod. So this week the song that kept ‘appearing’ was a song performed by Kari Jobe called I Am Not Alone.

Sometimes we simply need to be reminded that…

When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear

I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

In the midst of deep sorrow
I see Your light is breaking through
The dark of night will not overtake me
I am pressing into You
Lord, You fight my every battle
And I will not fear

You amaze me
Redeem me
You call me as Your own

I came across the following on Twitter a few days ago, and it struck me how apt it was, give recent events. We’ve seen the emergency services work continuously in horrendous circumstances, for hours and days. We’ve seen communities working together despite their differences, and despite the difficult circumstances they themselves may be facing.

Strong people do what’s right and show up to help others. They may be tired and going through a tough time, but they find a way to be there.

When it comes down to it, I believe that in the worst of circumstances that is when the best of us will show itself. What would you do if you found yourself in the midst of some kind of disaster, such as those that have happened in the UK in the last few weeks?

Outcomes are described as:

  • the way a thing turns out;
  • a consequence.

Whatever we are facing, we can rest in the assurance that the outcome does not depend upon our strength, but on God’s. ~ @RichStearns

As the above quotes says, we can change the outcome or consequences of all we do, by letting God be at the centre of all be do. Give God your all, and He will give you strength.

Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace 

What kind of world do you want to live in?

Do you want to live in a world where:

  • We shut ourselves away from friends and neighbours because we too frightened to go outside;
  • We would rather cross the road and ignore someone in need, rather than reach out and them because we don’t want to get involved;
  • Men kill other men simply because of the colour of their skin, their nationality or their religion;
  • God has been forgotten, and only the minority still believe in Him.

Or do you want to live in a world where:

  • Where everyone automatically reaches out to help others in need, without a second thought for themselves;
  • Everyone lives in peace, tolerant of other’s beliefs – where we all get on with one another, regardless of the colour of their skin, their nationality or their religion;
  • We feel safe to be out of our homes, on our own, no matter the time of day or night;
  • War and conflict are words from a past life, and are no longer needed in the world we now live in;
  • Everyone believes in God’s existence and there is hope for the future of this world.

I’m sure the second scenario is much more appealing to us all than the first one, but what can we do to make the second scenario become reality?

In 1 Chronicles 1:18 we read

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

So it’s up to us folks, we need to proclaim His name so that we tell everyone we meet how great God is; how much He loves and cares for each of us; how we can always rely on God to be with us, even through very tough times.

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” ~ John 8:12 (The Message)

Even when it seems all hope is lost we will have light in our life, if Christ is part of our life.

That’s why even in the darkest days, we can still find our way, because Jesus has promised to provide all the light we need to live in.

When it seems darkness is surrounding us, don’t despair, because no matter how bad life is, or how low we feel, we can find light in the darkness.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ~ John 1:5 (NIV)

Even when there seems to be no hope, be assured that even where there is the smallest light, that light can overcome the darkness – Just as good can overcome evil.

When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. Is your public persona different from your private one?
  2. Are you afraid for the future?
  3. What is your biggest fear?
  4. Have you ever done something you really regret?
  5. If you could change one thing in your life right now, what would it be?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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