Thursday, August 2, 2012

if we allow those offenses to take root in our heart, they will cause us to become bitter and lose our joy & enthusiasm for life. we must learn to insulate ourselves from offenses and keep our hearts pure. one of the keys to loving your life is learning how to take those negative things and give them over to god and let him produces the priceless pearls out of them in our own lives. one thing i find interesting about the oyster is that it doesn't let much time pass before it begins to cover the grain of sand with nacre. it doesn't let it linger at all. there 's a good lesson in that for all of us. if we allow offenses to hang around they will cause damage that can be nearly impossible to reverse. the result can be devastating . we have to recognize when our thinking is moving in the wrong direction. if were not careful, we will get caught up in our own self - pity and despair.if we dwell on those thoughts long enough, we will take ownership of destructive attitudes that will distract our thinking and hinder our life. if we don't address the little things in our lives, they'll become big things and rob us. so often people hold on to bitterness and resentment , ( i have done this myself ) thinking that they're stockpiling ammunition against the person who hurt or offended them ; as if one day they'll have the chance to get even. or perhaps they are holding on to the evidence because they think they'll get their day in emotional court. the truth is ; if you don't choose to forgive , the only person being punished is you ! unforgiveness is like a barrier that actually blocks your heart. we gotta remove that barrier , fling that door open, release all that pain and hurt to god and make room for some healing.
there maybe times when you have to ask god to help you release those offenses that created the unforgiveness and bitterness in your heart. sometimes we just don't feel like it, but i encourage you today, if someone has wronged you and you still get that cringing feeling on the inside when you see that person or think about him, take it to god and allow him to keep your heart clean. remember no ones offending words or deeds define who you are or affect your value.god, i don't feel like i can forgive them, but i am asking you give me the grace and the strength to help me forgive . i know what bitterness has done to my life and resentment too. i do have a heart and do love deeply and am giving you whats still there and am giving to you the situation and the people involved. your my source for everything and am asking for your help , so i can live free . and enjoy your spirit of love within me. amen.............if we are going to change any part of our lives, we have to start on the inside. remember , it's not what happen to you but whats happening in you that matters the most.......a word from victoria osteen on " forgiveness" from the book- " love your life."

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