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Don’t Hold On

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Sometimes we think we’ve forgiven a person, but we hold on to a fragment of the hurt or anger they caused. When we hold on to any piece—no matter how small—of resentment, hurt, or anger, it could be we’re not truly forgiving them at all. God loves us unconditionally, and when He forgives us, it’s a done deal with no strings attached. I want to forgive like that, and I want others to forgive me like that. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but it’s worth hoping for.

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

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Slow To Love

blue lake quoteIt’s easy to love people who do things the way we think they should. And it’s also easy to not love those who don’t do things our way.

God’s love for us doesn’t waiver based on our actions. He gives us room for error and forgives us when we don’t measure up. We can be like Him when it comes to forgiving and loving others—even the hard ones—if we love Him and realize how much He loves us. We can’t cause our love to increase and overflow, but God can, and all we have to do is let Him.

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 1 Thessalonians 3:12

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It Will All Be Good

My dad was an angry, confused man, and he took his frustrations out on those around him—especially his family. But sometimes… he was good. One recent morning, I had a revelation: my dad at some point in his life accepted Christ as his savior, and therefore, based on the grace of God, he’ll be waiting for me in heaven, and neither of us will remember the bad.

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And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

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What God Wants Most

God is no longer a God of rules and regulations; He is a God of grace and love. In the days before Jesus, salvation was something one had to earn. When Jesus died for our sins, salvation was provided to us by grace. Grace is a gift, and when we accept it, we will live a godly life as a result of it. We will obey God’s commands because, by grace, it is in our hearts and nature to do so, not because we must do so to please Him.

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I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing? Galatians 2:21

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No Strings Attached

Why is it so difficult for us to forgive? Sometimes, we think we’ve forgiven a person, but we hold on to a fragment of the hurt or anger they caused When we hold on to any piece—no matter how small—of resentment, hurt or anger, it could be we’re not truly forgiving them at all.

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… Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

 

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I Left the Suds In the Bucket

I can’t undo my past or the wrongs I’ve done, and I can’t make the good things better than they were. Done is done. But, a line from a country song kind of says what I’m trying to say: “I left the suds in the bucket and the clothes hanging out on the line.”

By that I mean I simply walked away from a life that was soiled and stained and set my sights on Jesus. I’m not perfect—never will be—but I am in the big machine now, getting the stains out, and I’ll probably need to go through the rinse cycle for the rest of my days on this planet. But by golly I’ll eventually be sparkling clean and ready to go to the big dance.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9

 

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There He Is!

When I was a young boy, my Uncle Marvin used to take us to the lake to water ski, fish, and swim. I can remember long rides—they seemed long at the time—to the lake, and how my cousin Ed and I would be so excited, anticipating the fun we were going to have. As we got close to the lake, we would sit shoulder to shoulder in the backseat, noses nearly touching the window, watching excitedly for the first glimpse of the lake. When we’d finally see it, we’d shout in unison, “There it is!”

I feel the same excitement and anticipation when I think about Jesus’ return.4-5-17 1 quote

I can hardly wait!

… looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13

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