Forgiveness Part 2

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How Do We Forgive?

We make up our minds and our hearts to let go, knowing that carrying around anger and judgment toward others or ourselves is a burden we no longer wish to bear.

Beginning to Learn to Forgive

By Rev. Bill Englehart

Jesus was once asked how often one should forgive. Seven times? His response was, “Not seven times, but, I tell you seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21-22). 

Seventy-seven is not a magic number. Earlier translations say seventy times seven, or 490. It was simply Jesus’ way of saying forgiveness can be infinite.

To understand forgiveness, we need to understand what it is not. It is not about condoning bad behavior or saying we must trust those who have mistreated us. It does not mean that there will be no justice for bad acts.

Consider this from H. Emilie Cady’s Lessons in Truth, written more than 100 years ago:

“To forgive does not simply mean to arrive at a place of indifference to those who do personal injury to us; it means far more than this. To forgive is to give for—to give some kind of actual definite good in return for evil given.”

This may seem like a tall order but when done, we can see the results straightaway. I have known parents who forgave the person who killed their child. When I asked why, they said that if they had not, they would be consumed with anger and bitterness. Forgiveness was the answer.

Special thanks to https://www.unity.org/resources/practices/forgiveness?gclid=CjwKCAjw-7LrBRB6EiwAhh1yX0KeEIRi4RrZm70idqab_q5tp-YGOqqFNl3-qiPSlBkSqhORZT-mTBoCTVcQAvD_BwE

Meditation Monday:

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Do you know how to find peace?

During the last 8 months of my life, I have been through the most transformative experiences. Experiences that made me evaluate my values, passions, and direction in life. One thing that stood firm in this time of transition was the need for peace. I gained some things, lost some things but found a true center, a solid direction that is unwavering. This came by asking myself honest questions. I encourage you to use the last few months of this year and ask some difficult questions that will lead you to a bright and clear 2020. Welcome, a 2020 that is surrounded by peace.

Questions:

  1. What do I want out of life?
  2. Why?
  3. What is the basis of my faith/ why do I believe what I believe?

El viernes es para el Perdón

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¿Estás listo para perdonar? 
una de las mayores razones por las que extiendo el perdón a las personas que me rodean es porque soy honesto acerca de lo defectuoso que soy. 
cuando era más joven, me enfrentaría a la idea de que hago muchas cosas mal. Siempre tuve una razón o una explicación lógica de por qué Cometí un error o dejé caer a alguien. Nunca admitiría que había arruinado o hecho algo malo. Por ejemplo: 
“si la persona que conduce delante de mí iría más rápido, no sería tarde” 
“si hubieras madurado, sería capaz de ser honesto contigo”
si comete un error, no importa cuál sea la explicación que sigue, debe pedir perdón. La palabra de Dios dice pedir perdón todos los días. 
servimos a un Dios que quiere que venamos a él con nuestros problemas y nuestro problema para que él pueda intercambiar nuestras dificultades con su provisión y gracia. 
si no aprendemos cómo reconocer nuestras malas acciones, entonces estamos diciendo que no hay necesidad de un Salvador.

Todo el mundo comete errores, su tiempo que aprendemos a convertir esos errores a la única persona que puede arreglarlos. Dios.
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Time to find peace…

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Do you feel as if your life is full of stress? Then its time to do what I call a 360. Look around at your friends, family, job, and relationships to see what needs to change.

This meditation Monday I want to teach you how to find peace in your day to day life. One truth that must be told before peace is achieved is… what is the source of the stress?

  • If the stress comes from finances, take a moment and write down your bills.
    • Check out Dave Ramsey which is and incredible resource for budgets and a debt free life!!!
  • Relationships- learn how to say goodbye to people who do not positively contribute to your faith and development.
  • Family- write out what the issues are in your family, what problems and concerns have you been holding on through the years and ask yourself two questions:
    • What would your day look like if I chose to forgive them?
    • What would my life look like if they were not in it?

The answers to this question will allow you to see if that person should be in your life. This also allows you to see that forcing the family member has nothing to do with the opposing family member and everything to do with your daily peace. Forgiving your family member will free you from the obligation of anger, sadness, and stress.

Selah                                                                                

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Sueños

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Sueños, déjà vu, ah-ha momentos todos tienen una cosa en común. Es un momento en el que lo sobrenatural se encuentra con lo natural. ¿alguna vez has experimentado un tiempo en el que veas a Dios conectar los puntos y hacer aguas fangosas claras y la idea o la situación?

El momento especial es importante, porque si usted es un creyente, entonces usted entiende que Dios tiene la intención en nuestra vida y desea que nos aproveche de su gloria y provisión. Cuando presentamos nuestro cuerpo como un sacrificio viviente puro y abierto a la voluntad de Dios, entonces alentamos esta vida alterando momentos en nuestra vida.

¿Qué quiero decir con un sacrificio, quiero decir “rezar en lugar de ver la televisión” más ejemplos son: leer su Biblia todos los días, tomando tiempo de su día para adorar a Dios sólo porque él es Dios. Todos estos cosas son un sacrificio porque francamente no tienes que hacerlas.

Dios siempre nos ayuda y nos eleva, debemos escoger sintonizar su amor y poder divino. 
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Forgiveness Friday

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Are you ready to forgive?

One of the greatest reasons why I extend forgiveness to the people around me is because I am honest about how flawed I am.

When I was younger, I would battle with the idea that I do so many things wrong. I always had a reason or logical explanation as to why I made a mistake or let someone down. I would never admit that I had messed up or did something wrong. For example:

“if the person driving in front of me would go faster, I wouldn’t be late”

“if you would just mature, I would be able to be honest with you”

If you make a mistake, no matter what the explanation is that follows, you must ask for forgiveness. The word of God is says to ask for forgiveness every day.

We serve a God who wants us to come to Him with our troubles and our problem so that He can exchange our issues with His provision and grace.

If we do not learn how to acknowledge our wrong doings, then we are saying that there is no need for a savior. Everyone makes mistakes, its time we learn to turn those mistakes over to the only one who can fix them. God.

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The Power of God on the Steve Harvey Show

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You must see this incredible testimony of a woman who was told that she would never sing after she was poisoned in life. BUT THE POWER OF GOD! Take a moment and check out this interview and let me know how this clip touches you.

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Duranice is a former gospel singer who has faced more than her share of adversity, but always stays positive. This interview brought everyone in the room to tears – including Steve.

Dirty Prayers:

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I want you introduce you to Michael Nelder. This piece, “Dirty Prayers” from poet Michael Nelder closed out #RHETORIC2018. The piece was so moving, as he delicately shared the confessions of his prayer life with the audience. This piece is a suggestion to critically think about the prayers we pray on an individual level and what they say about our hearts. It is a beautiful examination of how gratitude can inform our prayers.  

The Flow of Life

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Like an ocean, the perception of self-flaws clashes and evolves with age, experience and time.

No one feels confident all the time, capable all of the time, committed all of the time… so what do you do when the tides change?

My advice is to set up reminders of your best self during a high tide while you are feeling motivated and refreshed. Cut out pictures, journal or even record a positive reminder of who you want to be and what you want out of life. The bible says, “make the vision clear.” While the journey can be unpredictable, there is a substantial benefit to adding intention into the recipe of life.

Having a vision will remind your flesh that low moments are temporal but the work you do now has the power to reconstruct your future.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 King James Version (KJV)

“2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

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Jamila T. Davis On Her Lesson From Committing Bank Fraud And How To Get The Bag Legally

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One of the greatest lessons I have learned in life is not to judge a book by its cover. This interview is an extraordinary tale a woman who made mistakes, but intern learned to the true meaning of life. Enjoy and comment below.

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