Thursday, May 1, 2008

Love and Forgive anyways...

Sometimes it is hard to smile and be OK when people people are rude to us....
But let's love them anyways.
Let rude people not steal our joy but may the 'joy of the Lord' be our strength.

 Sometimes it is difficult when people refuse to forgive or accept forgiveness,
But may God help us forgive and seek forgiveness anyways.

Life is not always easy but in midst of all the hard and trying times we need God's grace and guidance every step of the way.
May Christ's love always rule and reign in our hearts.
May He help us to be humble and loving.
May we be the Light God's called us to be.
Jesus also said...
" If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you.But if you don't forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins."(Matthew 6:14-15)
" Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful." (Luke 6:36)
People are made to be loved but in today's world, people are being used and things are being loved. 
Let's change that today and remember that a little love goes a long way.
So let's choose to love even those who treat us bad.
It is okay if others fail to see our hearts, our concern  or love.
Let us still choose to love, be kind and all that God wants us to be!
Let's remember..
"Revenge is the raging fire that consumes the arsonist." (MaxLucado)
‎1 John 4:"19 We love because he first loved us.
20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.""

 "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."
 ( Matthew 5:43-44 NIV)
" Christ's Heart teaches us to weave the thread of forgiveness into the very fabric of our lives."

One day, I was asked if I would forgive
By someone who had wounded my very soul.
The hurtful actions had shattered my heart
In the form of deceit and lies that were told.

My anger lashed out with fervor and force
To protect the wounds of ego and pride.
I could not contain the hurt I felt,
Nor the mournful sorrow I suffered inside.

How can I forgive, am I expected to forget
These appalling deeds directed at me?
And, if I forgive, will it happen again?
Just how vulnerable must I be?

I could not sleep, I could not eat.
I carried this anger bold and brave.
"I had been wronged; had been deceived."
The anger validation had all been saved.

But, I soon grew tired and weary of heart,
With the anger becoming a heavy load.
I prayed to God and humbly said,
"I am hurting; please help me down this road."

He said, "You must forgive . . ."
"Me, forgive? But it was I who was wronged!"
"But my child, you are the burdened one -
While the other stays healthy and strong."

"Forgiveness is for you, and you alone,
For you are the one carrying the load.
When you forgive, your burden will lift
And you will again travel light upon the road."

" Forgiveness does not change the past,
but it does enlarge the future."